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Okay so I may be building my first build in a month (Going to get the money I need from my Birthday, April 14) and I am going to use the DVD drive out of my HP Slimline (Vista), and I also want to use the 300GB HDD as a secondary HDD since I will be recording TV onto it, except I don't want ANY of the stuff that is currently on it, since I already transferred the stuff I do want to keep to some Flash drives (pics and such). Is there a way to completely wipe the Hard Drive so that I can start fresh with my future computer? This may be a noob question but on a scale of 1-5 my tech level is probably only a 2 or 3 haha.


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It's simple. Just install windows onto the new drive (or linux, OS of choice); once in OS of choice; format the drive. This can be done before OS install; but OS's make it easier to do simple things without technical kow how.
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When you set up the computer you are going to use it in you can format it at that point. Or you can boot off something else and format it from that. Something like Acronis or a linux live cd works, or just stick it in another computer and format it from there.

You just cant format it while you are running off of it.
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When you set up the computer you are going to use it in you can format it at that point. Or you can boot off something else and format it from that. Something like Acronis or a linux live cd works, or just stick it in another computer and format it from there.

You just cant format it while you are running off of it.
Okay I was thinking I could just connect it to an old CRT and wipe it there but I can see how that wouldn't be possible, so I can just put it into the computer I may build and then format it there? Wouldn't the computer start in Vista then? Sorry for the stupid questions.
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Okay I was thinking I could just connect it to an old CRT and wipe it there but I can see how that wouldn't be possible, so I can just put it into the computer I may build and then format it there? Wouldn't the computer start in Vista then? Sorry for the stupid questions.
Yep. After you install the OS for the new computer and have that working just connect your other drive. The boot manager should allow you to choose which one you want to use if it detects multiple windows installations. Otherwise you may be able to choose which drive to boot from in your BIOS, so if it boots off of the wrong one just restart and change your boot devices in bios.
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dont use flash drives, Just put the old drive in your new rig and copy the files then format the drive. MUCH faster than thumb drives. When you build your new computer you will have to choose which drive to istall the OS onto and then in the bios which drive to boot from so that drive should never boor into vista unless you make it and even then it likely wont work.
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Okay thanks guys, even though the build is probably a month away, I like to be prepared and know what I'm gonna do.
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As it turns out, the HDD is 6.0Gb/s whereas the motherboard I'm going to get only supports 3.0Gb/s oh well I can get another 500GB for $40 later. Not a big deal, but thanks for your info guys
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It will run just fine on that motherboard. SATA 1, 2, and 3 are all backwards and forwards compatible. They all use the exact same cables. You won't have any problems with it.
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not to mention that a hdd won't even take advantage of the added bandwidth of sata 3 in most cases
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