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deleting o/s from hard drive - saving data

By bruce.fidler ·
can i delete the operating system from a hard drive and not the stored date? I want to use an old hard drive as a portable, external storage and don't need the O/S and don't want to copy almost 90gb of data. Please advise

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Your best bet is to copy your data over to another drive..

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to deleting o/s from hard dr ...

If you try out any task similar to your asking you will more than likely lose your data.
So do the easy thing and do a copy of your data, then you can delete anything you want. You should always have a backup copy of your data on a different drive already.

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Provided that the drive in question is hooked up as a slave ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to deleting o/s from hard dr ...

I'd reckon there is every likelihood that you could simply dissect the Windows directory, piece by piece, deleting as you go.

Whether Windows Explorer would be a wise choice for this task is debatable, because you ultimately you might end up deleting the program you are currently using.

Better to make use of a third-party program such as '2xExplorer' or 'Explorer2' which you could run from a directory outwith the Windows directory.

http://netez.com/2xExplorer/

Just make sure you don't delete the currently active program. :)

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Can you do this Yes But is it Wise Defiantly NO!

by OH Smeg In reply to deleting o/s from hard dr ...

You should copy the Data to something then format the Drive and copy your Data Back to it. That way at the very least you will get faster access to your data as it will be sequentially on the drive.

But there are a few things you should know about external Drive Enclosures. The first and most important thing is that these are not for Full Time Use. They should only be used to copy or restore Data from and then Dismounted using whatever your OS used to Dismount Drives in Windows this is the Safely Remove Option. If you Do Not use this eventually the Partition Information on the Drive will be corrupted and the drive will appear to be blank and require formatting. You can of course recover your data with a Partition rebuilding Software Application but these are expensive and it's far better to use the drive correctly so that this doesn't happen.

Unless the enclosure is Actively Cooled the longer that you run it for the hotter the drive inside it gets and this shortens the life of both the drive Electronics and the Interface Circuit Board between whatever you have as a Connection Cable and the HDD. The common one is USB but you can have USB, Firewire or ESATA or a combination of some or maybe all of the above.

Every External HDD Enclosure should have it's own Power Supply to prevent the USB Ports being overloaded and not delivering sufficient current which also shortens the life of the drive in the enclosure.

After you dismount the External Drive Do Not move it immediately you first need to allow the platters to stop spinning before it gets moved to prevent damage occurring. Ideally every External Enclosure should have a Power Switch on it to prevent the enclosure getting a short sharp jolt when a lead gets unplugged. If they do not have a switch do not buy that enclosure.

For faster Data Transfer you need Firewire or ESATA as USB2 just is no longer fast enough to move large chunks of Data between Drives.

You need a solid place to place the enclosure on to prevent any Vibrational Damage occurring to the drive through bumps and bashes which can result in the dead drive when it is running very quickly. The Stated Impact of 30 G's is for a stationary Drive with it's Read Write Heads Parked. When a drive is running the Read Write Heads are under a Micron above the surface of the Platters and the slightest bump can cause them to contact the platters scraping the Coating off the Platters rendering that part of the HDD unreadable.

If you need a External Drive for full time use fit it to a Actively Cooled Enclosure like this one from Antec

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NDc=

While the cost more they treat the Drive inside them far better and allow them to be used Full Time if required. Though you need to buy a Enclosure that supports the Drive you plan to place in it if you need to use it a lot you should buy a Enclosure that suits your use and then source a suitable drive for the enclosure.

If you need a Enclosure for a 2.5 Inch Drive you should try to get one with a Power Jack and buy the Optional Power Adapter. If you can not get the Power Adapter or the enclosure doesn't have a Power Jack you need a Y USB Cable and make sure that both of the USB Plugs get plugged into different USB Ports or a Powered USB Hub. These Y USB Leads have to USB Plugs that go into the Computer one is only a Supplementary Power Lead that Doesn't Transfer Data and the other is a Power & Data Plug so both need to be inserted into different USB Ports to provide the power required to run the drive properly. USB Ports are supposed to have 500 Milliamperes per port but new NB's to extend the Battery Life do not provide this much power at their USB Ports.

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