To the moderators: please delete a similar topic under Windows 7. I just saw this sub-forum and the following post is far more relevant here than in the Windows 7 area. Thanks.
From casual conversations I believe it's entirely possible, once a hard drive is removed from a laptop, to format it (wipe it entirely clean) externally from that laptop by hooking it up (say, via the correct USB adapter hardware) to another machine and then (re-)install the chosen operating system.
Extracting the hard drive physically is not a big deal. I believe Diablotek has the cables and so on to make the USB connection. I also believe that once connected to a working machine I could be presented with the options of what to do to/with this drive--including a comprehensive format. It's that last / major step--installing the operating system of choice--that has me stopped: I'm totally unclear as to how to proceed there.
Could someone please:
- Confirm or correct those assumptions/suppositions above;
- If indeed it's possible to install an operating system in this manner, tell me how in some detail so I don't screw up
Thanks very much.