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Do I need to format my harddrive?

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February 10, 2010 11:02:35 PM

I am building a new PC and everything in it will be new except my Hardrive. I will be reusing a 1t Barracuda hardrive that has Windows xp 32.

The OS I will use for the new build is OEM Windows 7 64.


If I need to format my old hardrive to use it in the new build how do I go about doing it?

Thanks for any help I can get.

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February 11, 2010 6:36:44 AM

Yes, you need to reformat and install the new OS
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February 11, 2010 12:21:33 PM

You should format while installing Windows 7, you can do it in the install setup. This is the prefered method; as Windows 7 creates partitions differently than older versions or third-party software.

A quick format should be fine; simply first delete all partitions, then hit enter on the "unpartitioned space" that remains.
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