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Using my old HDD in a new build. How to clear it?

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October 2, 2011 11:07:19 PM

I am going to be using a SSD for my OS with my new build. I want to use my old HDD to put everything else on. After installing my OS on the SSD how do I go about clearing the old data off the HDD to start over clean with it?

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October 2, 2011 11:20:18 PM

you format it.
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October 2, 2011 11:22:06 PM

Like when you boot up? In the BIOS? I am pretty green at this...
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October 2, 2011 11:26:11 PM

What Pat said. Just format it once you get the OS installed. Once in Windows, the SSD will be the C: drive, and the hard drive will be D: or something. Just Right Click, and select Format.
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October 2, 2011 11:39:10 PM

Melks27 said:
Like when you boot up? In the BIOS? I am pretty green at this...


With SSD's you don't do a full format - it can wear down your drive. What you do is when you insert your Windows disc and the install menus start up, it should display all the drives and when it does just do a quick format - it'll wipe the drive for you.

And when you format the HDD - once Windows is right click on your computer icon, click "manage" then choose "disc management" and it should display all the discs you have available. Right click the disc you want and then select format, pick a drive letter and you're done.
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October 3, 2011 12:08:24 AM

If you're going to format it in windows like everyone says, make sure you set the boot order to 1) SSD and 2) HDD. Otherwise the PC will just keep loading your old OS install on the HDD during startup. Maybe this is obvious to some but you said you're pretty green :) 
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October 3, 2011 4:12:05 AM

lubey said:
If you're going to format it in windows like everyone says, make sure you set the boot order to 1) SSD and 2) HDD. Otherwise the PC will just keep loading your old OS install on the HDD during startup. Maybe this is obvious to some but you said you're pretty green :) 


Yes yes. I ran into this problem when installing my Intel 320, I had to keep setting and resetting the boot order in the BIOS before I finally figured out which order is which.
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