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Using old HDD in new pc, does fresh installing windows 10 completely clear it? (I want it to)

I didn't have it in my budget for a new hard drive so I am using my old one. I am wondering if I can just put it straight into the new system and use my windows 10 usb boot drive to fresh install windows 10 on it, will that destroy all the old drivers/files/information on the hard drive? I'd like it to as I'm aware of the OS issues if you keep an old OS/drivers.
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    Yes you can and will have the option to format it when the Windows 10 setup starts.

    That said, how old of a drive?

    Drives get slower the older and more they are used, and many a new system has been brought to it's knees by a old hard drive.
  2. When you start the Install process, look for an option to Delete any Partition already on the HDD unit. Delete ALL of the Partitions so the drive is completely Unallocated Space. Then start your Install.
  3. getochkn said:
    Yes you can and will have the option to format it when the Windows 10 setup starts.

    That said, how old of a drive?

    Drives get slower the older and more they are used, and many a new system has been brought to it's knees by a old hard drive.


    It's a Seagate Barracuda 1TB from around 2 years ago, I only used it in one other PC (the one I'm upgrading from).
  4. Jaybro11 said:
    getochkn said:
    Yes you can and will have the option to format it when the Windows 10 setup starts.

    That said, how old of a drive?

    Drives get slower the older and more they are used, and many a new system has been brought to it's knees by a old hard drive.


    It's a Seagate Barracuda 1TB from around 2 years ago, I only used it in one other PC (the one I'm upgrading from).


    Should be ok. A lot of people say old HD and it turns out to be a 8 year old 250GB SATA 1 drive that's seen better days.
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