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Building New Computer with Old Harddrive

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(In regards to Windows 7),
I will be building a new system within the week. For certain reasons, I'll be using my 2 74Gb Raptors in Raid 0 as my OS drive. Will I need to reformat and reinstall as well as setup the Raid configuration once I'm done building the rig or could I just plug and play with the new hardware and have it fire up?
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The OS won't work across motherboards, and if it does, you'll still have a bunch of obsolete drivers etc on your OS. Definitely re install.
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Thanks for the advice. Didn't even think about drivers. Very much appreciated!
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Definitely use Ubuntu, and then while in the live CD, use the Disc Utility program NOT GParted! This can tell you the status of the Hard Drive, if it has any bad sectors on it.

This is important, because if you load an OS on a hard drive with bad sector is very well may not work at all.....

Definitely want to delete the partitions (use Gparted for this), reformat the drive to NTFS, and then run a check disk on it...

If you have a working computer, turn it off, and plug the hard drive into that computer.

Load Windows and go to the Computer or My Computer link in the start menu, right click on the drive and select Format (NTFS), then do the same thing and right click on the drive and select properties, then go the tools tab, and run a check disk on the drive to remove any error on it. This is how you properly setup a drive to prepare it for an OS installation!

When you install the Operating System, DO NOT reformat or delete the partition of the hard drive, just install the OS without touching the drive, you have already done this.
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