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Old HDD, new PC

By james miller ยท 4 replies
May 20, 2019
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  1. I had an old pc that is now gone but I kept the hard drive and want to wipe it clean including the OS.
    Im planning on building a new computer and want to put my old hard drive in, but my computer is obviously gone. So, can I plug my hard drive into a different pc that I have access to through sata and wipe it on there? also how would I go about doing that??
    any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,997   +1,177

    When I want to wipe an old drive, I connect it to a good stable system with full operating system (like Windows 10) with a SATA. I make absolutely sure that I can identify and specify the target drive (getting them confused causes a lot of rework). I write it down so if I get interrupted, I still know which is which. If I want any files, this is the last time to get them. Then I partition the target and then do a full format (not the 'quick' one) which can take some time, but proves the drive is good.

    See for specifics: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/setup-hard-drive-windows/
     
  3. james miller

    james miller TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thankyou dude, the link proved helpful too. When you say partition, can I just delete the partition with the main bulk of files on it along with the OS?
     
  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,997   +1,177

    You release the old partitions and then you define new ones as your use would have it. If I am using it as the boot media drive, I let the OS installer take care of details.

    See ComputerHope for more explanation detail.
     
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,813   +1,515

    I've used a SATA / IDE to USB adapter for this task. Most HDs can be externally attached to any system and then managed via the DiskMgr task
     

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