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Install older hard drive or junk it?


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#1 doingitwell

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:16 PM

I have a 5+ year old computer that has been infected pretty good. I've got it mostly cleaned up but it's still not working properly and I'm about to throw
the towel in. Here's my question, would it be worth pulling the HD out, formatting it, and installing in my newer computer as a secondary/slave drive? The HD is only 200GB but it's free storage except for the few bucks for another SATA cable.

Should I decide to use it a slave drive, can I just format it and then use it? Or is there more steps involved, like partitioning or whatever?

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:23 PM

You could use it i guess just don't rely on it for a backup drive and also yes you can just format and use. :thumbsup: also just install no need to use any jumpers (i love sata for that reason) :flowers:

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:25 PM

I personally would use it in the newer computer. An extra 200GB could definitely come in handy, especially for the low cost of a SATA cable. The only other thing to worry about is whether the power supply can handle the extra HD. In a lot of cases the answer would be yes, but it varies from one computer to the next. Since it has been infected i would make sure that it's a fresh format, but just a single partition.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:41 PM

Thank you "kid that knows a lot". Why couldn't I rely on it for a backup? Is it because of age? I do have an external Seagate 500GB I just bought that I use as a backup though.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:44 PM

Kilgore, thank you too for the post. I agree, if I could have more room for storage, why not, especially since I have 4 empty bays for just such an item. The power supply wouldn't be a problem. Could you explain a bit further about what you mentioned in regards to a "fresh format"? I understand the single partition thing.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 12:05 AM

Why couldn't I rely on it for a backup? Is it because of age?

Yes.
5 yrs is about the life expectancy, of a harddrive.

Could you explain a bit further about what you mentioned in regards to a "fresh format"?

Formatting the drive, should remove any traces of previous infections.
You don't want to infect your newer computer. :thumbsup:
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