Replacing MB, CPU, GPU, power supply, and RAM. Several quick questions.

I am about to do a large overhaul on a build I did back in 2012 (my first). I am upgrading every component except for the case, hard drives (one 256 SSD and a 3 TB platter), and the Blu-ray drive. I have a few quick questions:

1) I want to do a fresh install of Windows 10. I am currently running Windows 10 on the PC after upgrading from 7. Do I need to purchase a new copy of Windows 10 for the fresh install?

2) When reformatting the system, is it necessary to reformat my 3 TB drive as well? The SSD has the OS and all of the programs on it. The 3 TB drive is simply photos, movies, and other backups.

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  1. It should not be necessary to buy a new copy of Windows 10 as you can still upgrade for free, as for the other hard drive if there is programs installed to the device you might have to uninstall then and reinstall them after the upgrade. Any backups from the previous computer will mostlikely not work either.
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    1. It maybe necessary if ms doesn't allow it. You'd have to call them to activate since it's a major hardware change and it won't let you automatically. Per the license, they shouldn't activate with a pc upgrade like this which is pretty much a whole new pc but they seem to be more lenient these days and probably will activate it for you anyways.

    This has nothing to do with the upgrade still being free especially when he's already using 10. This would be an issue with the license and being able to transfer depending on the license type.

    2. No, you only need to format the os drive. You should keep it unplugged during the windows install just so you know the system partition doesn't go on there. Then plug it in and it should show up with everything intact.
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