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I have an old HDD from a computer that hasn't been used in about 2 years or so. I'm building a new system and am in need of a HDD.
Would it be okay to use the old one or do I need to purchase a new one?

If I'm able to use the old one, how will installing the new OS work?
Should I just be able to boot up with the Vista disk in the tray and delete the old partition/format the drive and get on with the Vista installation?
Or is there some other step?

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post #2 of 8
just delete the old stuff and perform a full format on the drive then do like you normaly would.
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post #3 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
just delete the old stuff and perform a full format on the drive then do like you normaly would.
Exactly. It's the same as any other time installing an OS.
    
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yes. just do a full format
    
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i would use killdisk, there's a freeware version tha tyou can download and its nice because it deletes the whole HDD. sometimes others don't delete the MBR, but i have never had a problem after i;ve used killdisk.
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you can use seatools from seagate to do a low level format.
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post #7 of 8
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Awesome! That's the answer I was hoping for.
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post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Masterchief3k View Post
you can use seatools from seagate to do a low level format.
That is NOT an LLF. Low level formatting = rewriting the servo codes onto the platters to calibrate the actuator properly. It is IMPOSSIBLE to do that without some very expensive equipment.
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