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I'm building my new computer next week. I want to reformat my HDD and wipe everything.

-Should I build the computer 1st >> download all drivers and updates and save them to a disk >> then wipe the HDD >> install the OS (Win xp32) >> then install updates and drivers?

-Should I wipe the Drive this weekend >> install the OS (wind xp32) >> build the new computer >> then update the drivers

ie. What's the best order to wipe the drive? Before building or after?
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post #2 of 9
Option #1

It's best to install the OS when the new rig is built because Windows needs to install drivers that will be specific to the new hardward.
    
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post #3 of 9
Definately build the new comp before you install XP. If you install XP onto the drive while its a different computer you will get a lot more headaches than if you put it all together in the new rig first. Doesn't matter if you wipe the drive before or after the build though.
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I'm using an existing HDD from my current computer. XP is already on the HDD. I'm just planning to wipe it clean and reinstall the OS. So what you guys are saying is do the wipe and reinstall after it's built right?
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Originally Posted by gmpotu View Post
I'm using an existing HDD from my current computer. XP is already on the HDD. I'm just planning to wipe it clean and reinstall the OS. So what you guys are saying is do the wipe and reinstall after it's built right?
Yea, sounds good .
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If you prefer doing things the easy way, yes. You'll have fewer headaches and less .
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post #7 of 9
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Thanks a lot for the info guys.
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NTFS is the file system I need to use right? Not FAT32. Guessing I won't be able to do FAT32 anyways since the drive is 250g.
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Yea, use NTFS.
    
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