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November 18, 2012 6:45:35 PM

I am building my own computer and planning on using 2 old hard drives from some computers i tore apart.
I actually have 3 old hard drives
2 of them are 160 gb 7200 rpm barriccuda and the 3rd is an 80 gb 7200 rpm bariccuda.

I forgot to wipe them before i took them out of their computers so i was wondering when i put them in the one i am building will i be able to wipe the hard drives then or is there another way i can do it?

i no longer have the computers i took them from as they were old desktops and got thrown away after i got what i wanted out of them.
a c 80 G Storage
November 18, 2012 6:55:16 PM

You can wipe them easily. There are several ways, but if you going to install Windows, you can just wipe the drive(s) during the install.
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November 18, 2012 6:57:13 PM

Ok thank you.
I was worried i had messed up.
do you think 2 160 gb hdd will be ok for gaming for while?
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a c 119 G Storage
November 18, 2012 6:58:28 PM

What you can do is when you finish building your computer you can connect one of the drives that you weill be usinf as the OS drive and load the Operating system on it. The Windows install program will format the drive before it loads the OS onto it.
Then you can connect the other hard drives and go into Disk Management and delete the partitions and then make a new partition on each and then format and give each a drive letter.
If you want to go further with the formating there are some free programs that will secure erase a hard drive if that's what you want to do.
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a c 119 G Storage
November 18, 2012 6:58:31 PM

mydragon15 said:
Ok thank you.
I was worried i had messed up.
do you think 2 160 gb hdd will be ok for gaming for while?



It would depend on how many games you are going to load on the two drives.
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November 18, 2012 7:02:22 PM

my list of games is actually rather small for now.
By time i get enough games to need a new one i will have enough money to go ahead and by a better hard drive anyways :) 
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a c 119 G Storage
November 18, 2012 7:58:48 PM

Then you should have enough space to do that then.
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a b G Storage
November 18, 2012 8:17:00 PM

mydragon15 said:
I am building my own computer and planning on using 2 old hard drives from some computers i tore apart.
I actually have 3 old hard drives
2 of them are 160 gb 7200 rpm barriccuda and the 3rd is an 80 gb 7200 rpm bariccuda.

I forgot to wipe them before i took them out of their computers so i was wondering when i put them in the one i am building will i be able to wipe the hard drives then or is there another way i can do it?

i no longer have the computers i took them from as they were old desktops and got thrown away after i got what i wanted out of them.



Unless those HDDs have been sitting in a drawer somewhere they need to be replaced. They are definitely beyond my 3 year limit. Why do you think most OEM warranties end at 3 years? It's because the failure rate accelerates at that point.
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November 21, 2012 2:49:20 AM

i will get a new one later but for now i will keep a one as a back up incase the others fail.
This is a starting computer and i am on a budget and will be doing all the final touch ups to it after christmas so for now i will be putting atleast 1 of the hdd into it
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a c 119 G Storage
November 21, 2012 3:00:35 AM

If the hard drives still work then you should use them untill you can get a new one and that way you can make sure that you are getting what you want and notjust scambling to get something.
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a b G Storage
November 21, 2012 3:31:16 AM

mydragon15 said:
i will get a new one later but for now i will keep a one as a back up incase the others fail.
This is a starting computer and i am on a budget and will be doing all the final touch ups to it after christmas so for now i will be putting atleast 1 of the hdd into it



I understand. I just want you to be aware of the risks.
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November 21, 2012 4:29:26 AM

Thank you for that because in truth i hadn't even thought of it >.<
The good news is they have been sitting in the computers mostly untouched for years and the one that was used the most i can tell the difference becuase it has the least amount of gb's
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