This year, I bought a new computer after my old one became absolutely riddled with viruses (I was planning to update anyway). And my new computer is great, everything I hoped for and at a great price.
However the catch with it's great price is that it's built in C: drive is relatively short changed in this day and age, marked at only 250GB. Now, my old computer had nothing special, a similar 200GB HDD.
I was wondering, is it possible to completely format my OLD hard drive and use it as a secondary disk in the new computer- without the viruses from my old PC getting anywhere near it. These viruses were very very nasty, I had the support forum trying to get it fixed with me but they concluded that I should format and start again as the viruses were so deep into the computer's core. They affected boot sectors etc.
So ideally, Id like to format the old HDD in my OLD rig, so that all viruses are eliminated before it even goes near my new computer- (the old rig is useable to this extent). The old computer has Windows XP installed on the drive I'm after.
My new computer is windows 7- I do not want to format its hard drive, just give myself some extra space with a clean secondary HDD. In summary, I want to get my old HDD to the state of one that's been newly bought in a shop and install that to my new computer.
Many thanks for any responses in advance. Please do let me know if its not worth the hassle and I should just buy a new HDD elsewhere, cheers!
Oh and another thing, my new HDD (main drive) is ATA, whereas I think the old one (which I want as a slave drive) is SATA- will this cause problems?
Edited by PapaLongLegs, 03 June 2010 - 12:09 PM.