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I need help installing a new internal hard drive but

By freeagent ·
I already have data on my WD external 640 GB hard drive and don't know if it is NTFS formatted.
I know I want to install everything OS,drivers, etc onto the new hard drive but I don't know what to do. I read and read articles on the web but not sure if I have to partition the new drive, or if the all the settings and updates will be transferred when I back up the system. PLEASE HELP. A rookie trying to learn

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1-800-GEEKSQUAD

by CG IT In reply to I need help installing a ...
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Jumper Settings

by KLK In reply to I need help installing a ...

Have you checked the jumper settings if it is IDE?
If it is SATA, there are jumper settings to change the data transfer rate from 3.0 to 1.5, if your motherboard does not support 3.0/Gbs transfer rate.

EDIT***I'm sorry, I misunderstood your question.

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Windows will format a new drive when you install the OS.

by Ron K. In reply to I need help installing a ...

The best way to ensure that you don't accidentally install Windows onto your old HD is to simply take it out of the computer. <br>
Once Windows is installed you can hook up your current HD with all of your data on it as a secondary HD and copy your data over from that. <br>
I've found it to be a good idea to have all of the drivers available on a CD, DVD or flash drive.

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