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Old 06-16-2009, 12:33 PM   #1
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I have an old hard drive I got out of one of my older computers, and I want to format it. Problem is, I'm not sure if any problems will arise with having both hard drives in my computer with operating systems on them while trying to format one, and I don't know if there's a special way I should go about formatting the secondary one.

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IDE or SATA drives? Shouldn't be any problem but how you install the second drive will depend on which they are

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They're both SATA.
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A format will take care of the data, but won't take care of the MBR on the drive (which is what they boot from). This may cause confusion when booting - so watch for it when both are connected.

Once it's connected, use either KillDisk or DBAN to wipe the drive entirely clean.
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