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How To Prepare Used HD for Re-use?


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#1 linuxpowers

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 02:38 AM

I recently aquired a used WD 500gb "Caviar Blue" HD that would like to add to my current system. I know it works in that I tranferred 9gb of music from it to another computer through my home network.

 

What I have done so far: I started out by connecting it to my computer via USB. I wanted to make sure it was somewhat free of malware so I ran Malwarebytes on it, (full scan.) Several trojans popped up and I had MB clean it. I Powered it down, powered it back up and ran another scan...nothing! I then ran MSE on it, (full scan,) and grabbed a few PUP's. Once again I powered it down and then back up and re-ran MSE...nothing! I then ran SAS on it...nothing! After that, I started the hole process all over again...nothing each time.

 

The previous owner connected to my network and then I transferred his music, (9gb) over to his computer. Now I'm at the place where I want to make sure I do this correctly. It was installed in a Compaq Computer and has 3 partitions, Factory_Image (K:), System (L:) and Compaq (J:). Ultimately, I would like to have just one partition to use a storage drive for mp3's. I currently have 1 500gb WD for my system files, 1 500gb WD for backup and now this one for music.

 

So, how do I do this properly?


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 04:54 AM

OK, I hope I did this right! I read the page, "How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows" and followed the instructions by using "Computer Management."

 

I right clicked on all three partitions, one at a time, and clicked on, "Delete Volume." As I deleted the second partition/volume, the unallocated spaces merged together into one. Once I deleted the last partition/volume, I ended up with one big unallocated space. At this point I tried to look at it in Explorer but now it would not show up. So, I went back and right clicked on the drive and I now had the option to make a "Simple Volume"...I think it was called. Anyway, I went through that process, allocated all the space it would give me, assigned it a drive letter and gave it a Volume Name. Windows then proceeded to format (quick format) and finished. I went back to Explorer and now the new drive is available!

 

So, did I do this correctly? Now all I should have to do is open my computer and connect it internally?


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 05:16 AM

Yes that's correct, it's now ready to be used.  If it's to be a storage volume, that's all that needs to be done. Congrats :)


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Posted 27 December 2013 - 05:22 AM

Thanks....I just always think there's one thing I forgot to do...something I overlooked. I guess I'm just looking to experiment under a watchful eye!


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