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Hello guys , My friend and I are building a computer soon. We cant seem to figure out how we can switch his hard drive now to the new computer. Do we just simply plug it in? If not how would we reformat it for the new computer? Is there a way to clear it out completely so we can just start from scratch?
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If it's a SATA drive then you just need to unplug it then plug the SATA and power connection from your power supply into the new drive. If you want to start from a fresh slate, then just right-click the drive in Windows. Hit 'format' then 'start' and you should be good once it's done.
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So your saying I can unplug the harddrive from the old computer and plug it into the new computer? Would it recognize all the new hardware? Or should we format it on the old computer and clean it out than plug it into the new computer.
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So your saying I can unplug the harddrive from the old computer and plug it into the new computer? Would it recognize all the new hardware? Or should we format it on the old computer and clean it out than plug it into the new computer.
Your files will be okay, but programs and operating systems will not work and will require a fresh install.
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Hello guys , My friend and I are building a computer soon. We cant seem to figure out how we can switch his hard drive now to the new computer. Do we just simply plug it in? If not how would we reformat it for the new computer? Is there a way to clear it out completely so we can just start from scratch?
Yep! Place the hdd in the pc and connect the power and sata cable to the hdd. Press the power button on the pc and tap the delete key to enter the bios.
Now set your first boot device to cd-rom and place the install disk in tray and reboot.
When a black screen show's up stating boot from dvd hit a key on the keyboard to start the process.
As window's is loading it will ask if you would like to format partition, do quick format and follow the step's untill fully loaded.
After install reboot to bios and set first boot device to hdd or you can just leave it as cd-rom.
Window's loaded, hdd formatted, your good to go.
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All you have to do is unplug the SATA Cable, install it into the new computer, then set the boot order to that drives name, then boot into windows. It will probably ask for another activation code, mine did that once.
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