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#1 Slomoz

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 11:59 AM

Background: A friend had a shop replace the hard drive on his Dell with a larger unit. He gave me the OEM unit which I put in an USB enclosure and am using as an external hard drive. No problems. When I turned on my computer after plugging in the new external hard drive, my computer found it and seemed to go through a process of recognizing everything it contained.
This "new" hard drive contains EVERYTHING it had on it when removed from his computer -- all the standard Windows folders, program files for programs he added, etc.

My Question: Can/should I delete all those Windows components and just start adding my own folders as I need them? Is there any special procedure I should follow?

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 12:08 PM

I would at least format it, if you have xp I would use disk management and delete the partitions and start all over
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Posted 05 August 2007 - 07:57 PM

For future reference, you should really use dban on any hard drive you're giving away.

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 01:39 AM

I would at least format it, if you have xp I would use disk management and delete the partitions and start all over


Done. No problems. The drive is now empty and everything seems to be copacetic. Thanks for your advice.

For future reference, you should really use dban on any hard drive you're giving away.


Good advice. My friend was assured that all his personal stuff was at least deleted, but everything was still there. Yes, I peeked, but there wasn't anything worthy of a little friendly blackmail.


(Edit: Corrected spelling.)

Edited by Slomoz, 06 August 2007 - 11:58 PM.





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