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How to erase all data on hard drive? - jukappa - 04-23-2012

I'm going to be getting a 80gb hard drive to test on my build and see if my original hard drive is the cause of my problems. However I believe it will have some sort of windows already installed, with a lot of other junk. How can I delete everything off this? Oh also. if I install windows on this hard drive with the product key will I still be able to install the same windows on another hard drive with the same product key?


How to erase all data on hard drive? - mwhals - 04-24-2012

You can format the hard drive during the windows 7 install.

If you install Windows 7 on a hard drive in a PC, you can install it again after switching the drive. It is no different than if a drive failed and you were replacing it. If you can't activate it, you can call Microsoft and explain that you changed the hard drive. They will reset the activation.


RE: How to erase all data on hard drive? - Phrosty - 04-24-2012

Yeah, if I recall correctly the only time it changes is if you get a new motherboard. Then again I could be wrong.


How to erase all data on hard drive? - mwhals - 04-24-2012

A new motherboard makes windows think it is another PC, so it won't activate unless Microsoft is willing to help. A hard drive shouldn't be a problem. I would guess it will activate just fine.


RE: How to erase all data on hard drive? - jukappa - 04-25-2012

(04-24-2012, 08:29 PM)mwhals Wrote: A new motherboard makes windows think it is another PC, so it won't activate unless Microsoft is willing to help. A hard drive shouldn't be a problem. I would guess it will activate just fine.

oh wow that was simple to do. Thanks for the help guys!


How to erase all data on hard drive? - mwhals - 04-25-2012

Glad it worked out. By the way, there is a handy button that you can use to thank us. Wink