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Is it safe? Or where can I go to wipe a hard drive

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So I want to put my old hard drive into my new computer, but I'm not sure what will happen if I do because it has windows 7 on it and my current hard drive has windows 10, will this mess things up at all? It also might have a virus on it I'm not sure, if no other options I would like to know if there is somewhere I can take it to wipe it clean.

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Your options depend on the type and specifications of your new computer, for example, if it is a desktop tower it will most likely have spare hard drive bays and the MB a spare SATA port to which you can connect the drive then format it and use it for additional storage space, if the computer is the notebook type, some have a spare HDD bay but most do not, there are other options available to you but before we elaborate it would help if you could provide us with some information on the new computer, please see my canned text below;


Please provide information about your computer, this includes is it a notebook or desktop, is it a custom build or brand name such as Dell or HP, if a brand name, provide the model name or series number (not serial) if a custom build post as much as you can about the specs.


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There is a progam called DBAN, which you can download and make a bootable CD, which can be used to wipe a disk. It is free. You need to be careful since if you make a mistake and wipe the wrong disk, the data will be gone.


It is best to wipe the disk on the old system, which reduces the chance of a mistake. As long as the new system has the same type of disk interface and room to put the drive, you can install it in the new system. Most recent computers are SATA, but there are difference sizes, such as for a laptop.



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