Solved re-use hard drives, how to format them?

September 7, 2012 at 21:51:36
Specs: Windows 7
I removed the C:/ (i.e. main hard drive) from two computers that I used to use. I have a new computer (desktop pc). Is there a way that I can format those two hard drives to be extra hard drives for my new computer? They each have operating systems on them so I can't just put them in my hard drive dock and right click, format, right?

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September 8, 2012 at 10:36:05
CynH wants to use the drives in a docking station.

Unless the boot order is set to boot the external USB hard drive there is no need to do anything but insert the drive into the docking station and it should show up in Windows Disk Management and Computer. You can format it or use it as is. You may need to take ownership of any files you want to recover.

Also, depending on the type of drive you MAY need to remove any jumpers on it.



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September 8, 2012 at 00:44:15
HI Cyn,

if you install the discs as slaves (as opposed to C: - the master) you should not have a problem formatting them.

You might consider how they are partioned first, as this is the time to change if required.

Personally I have all my disks set to just one partition. However others choose differently for a variety of reasons.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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September 8, 2012 at 05:27:40
Just install them. If they are SATA drives that should be enough, if they are PATA drives you need to set jumpers. If the system boots normal then you go to Disk Manager, delete all partitions, repartition them, and format them. If they have not been problems, a quick format should be fine, if you suspect anything, do the full format to overwrite all sectors. If there is any problem with the format, use the hard drive's utility to test the drive in question. If there were a few bad sectors, this may be able to fix them but too many or more serious problems, just remove that drive and retire it. If the drives confuse the boot, go into BIOS set up and set them to non-bootable. Typically I have not had to do this since the BIOS will typically default to keeping the same boot device active.
If there are any additional questions, just ask. Post the results and good luck.

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September 8, 2012 at 08:57:36
If your normal boot sequence is correct the new ones added should not become the first booted drive. I assume you mean dock as in a usb or sata external device so all you'd have to do is power up with them attached and go to the computer management storage manager in windows 7. Find and be sure you find the correct drives you wish to change. I'd remove the partitions and then create a single new partition and format it. Be warned that any malware on these drives could infect the new computer. Be sure to have a good security suite on the new system.

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September 8, 2012 at 10:36:05
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CynH wants to use the drives in a docking station.

Unless the boot order is set to boot the external USB hard drive there is no need to do anything but insert the drive into the docking station and it should show up in Windows Disk Management and Computer. You can format it or use it as is. You may need to take ownership of any files you want to recover.

Also, depending on the type of drive you MAY need to remove any jumpers on it.


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September 8, 2012 at 20:05:56
One of the HD I was able to just plug in and format after deleting the partitions. The problem now is that it's a 360gb HD and it's only showing 34.47gb on the volume. The other HD is just not showing up at all but it's older so I'm not terribly surprised.

Anyone care to help me figure out how to find the other 320gb? :D

And these are SATA drives and I'm using a basic Kingman dock.


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#6
September 9, 2012 at 00:02:57
Use Windows Disk Management and delete all partitions. Then recreate partitions as desired. You may have had multiple partitions on that hard drive. Formatting doesn't change the original partition sizes.

Also possible you had a jumper installed to limit capacity. Remove all jumpers.


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#7
September 9, 2012 at 09:59:06
an alternative is that you can use Dban to FULLY erase everything from the drives, then just reformat them and they should work fine:
http://www.dban.org/download

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September 9, 2012 at 13:06:25
Perfect, thanks for the help all!

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September 9, 2012 at 16:49:06
please let us know what works for you....thanks...

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#10
September 10, 2012 at 11:42:21
Actually after further examination I found that the HD was actually only 36.0gb, not 360gb. In which case when I deleted the partitions and formatted, it did it correctly.

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#11
September 10, 2012 at 14:04:37
If the drive was only 36GB then it is probably the one in the link below. Fast hard drive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#12
September 10, 2012 at 16:53:30
That is the hard drive.

I "inherited" this computer from my tech-geek dad when he died, he put it altogether himself so having a small but fast HD makes sense.


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