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Step by step to reformate an old HDD for a new mobo


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Rorrec

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Hey everyone, I'm hoping I can find some help here. I'm building a new computer and to save money I want to reuse the HDDs from a previous computer. I need to reformat it to keep from mucking things up with the old operating system. I've never built a computer without using all brand new parts so I'm a little confused on the order that I need to do things.

Do I reformat the HDD on the old computer and then pull it out and install? Or is there an option to reformat durring the set up of the new computer?

Or is there a way to do it through the installation of the new OS?

In all my searchs I get a "yes you can use an old HDD just reformat" I just never get the how.

Also if you could indulge me and idiot proof any recomindations I would greatly appreciat it :)
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Neil Jones

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You can wipe the drive from the XP/Vista CD/DVD. It'll do it all for you.
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That's fantastic. Thanks.
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Go HERE for step by step instructions on how to partition, format, and install XP fresh
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