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Use a store bought pc internal Hard Drive on a new build? (first build ever)

I'm building my first gaming pc in a week and i'm just about ready to order all the parts. However, I had a store bought pc that I took a Western Digital WD Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB hard drive out of and I wanted to know if I might run into any issues re-using it? The hard drive already has stuff, but I don't mind losing the whats in it, unless someone knows of a way to save it. Any and all help is much appreciated :)
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    You should have no issues as long as you dont try to re-use the windows that was on it. Its tied to the old motherbd and would eventually fail Microsofts Genuine Advantage which then give you lots of annoying problems.
  2. popatim said:
    You should have no issues as long as you dont try to re-use the windows that was on it. Its tied to the old motherbd and would eventually fail Microsofts Genuine Advantage which then give you lots of annoying problems.


    I wasn't planning on re-using anyways. So I can just hook it up to the new build and use it just like that? Will all the data be automatically deleted?
  3. As long as you are using the drive as a data drive and not the OS drive the data should still be intact. However, I suggest adding the drive after you have installed the OS on the new drive.
  4. kenrivers said:
    As long as you are using the drive as a data drive and not the OS drive the data should still be intact. However, I suggest adding the drive after you have installed the OS on the new drive.


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  5. kenrivers said:
    As long as you are using the drive as a data drive and not the OS drive the data should still be intact. However, I suggest adding the drive after you have installed the OS on the new drive.

    New drive? I was planning on using the used one as my one and only drive. I'm also planning to install the OS off of a flash drive if that matters at all. Thanks for replys :)
  6. FlipFlopNub said:
    kenrivers said:
    As long as you are using the drive as a data drive and not the OS drive the data should still be intact. However, I suggest adding the drive after you have installed the OS on the new drive.

    New drive? I was planning on using the used one as my one and only drive. I'm also planning to install the OS off of a flash drive if that matters at all. Thanks for replys :)


    I misunderstood. You still should have no issues reusing the drive as long as you follow popatim's advice.
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