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Can I Format Old Hard Drive?


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#1 DanFerret

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 11:51 AM

Hi,

A while back I had a problem with my hard (C:/) and had to buy a new one(E:/), which I installed as well as the old hard drive, so that once I had installed Windows XP onto the new hard drive I could transfer important documents.

However now I have done this I want to know is it safe to format this old hard drive?

The reason for doing this is as it is plagued by viruses, and I dont want it to be affecting the new hard drive. NOD32 keeps finding things wrong with files on the old drive.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 12:33 PM

If you disconnected the old drive when you installed windows on the new drive then you should be safe to erase the old.

However if your windows boot files ended up on the old drive because you incorrectly did the clean install????
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:19 PM

If you disconnected the old drive when you installed windows on the new drive then you should be safe to erase the old.

However if your windows boot files ended up on the old drive because you incorrectly did the clean install????


The old hard drive was stil conected when I installed XP onto the new one. Is there a way to check where the boot files went?

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:33 PM

Unplug the computer, open the case and disconnect the old drive. Then try and boot the computer up. If it boots without the old drive connected - then you're good to go. If it refuses to boot - then you'll have to do a repair install of the OS with only the new disk in the system (dunno if this can be done in Recovery Console).
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:47 PM

Unplug the computer, open the case and disconnect the old drive. Then try and boot the computer up. If it boots without the old drive connected - then you're good to go. If it refuses to boot - then you'll have to do a repair install of the OS with only the new disk in the system (dunno if this can be done in Recovery Console).


Thanks mate I guess this is proberly the best option I will give it a try sometime soon.

Thanks for your help guys. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:23 PM

another point to add there's a setting with drives that's a real pain when you intialize them, the system drive with the boot files has to be set active or windows won't boot from it

like john said always disconnect the old system drive
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