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Windows 7: Do I have to uninstall a hd before swapping to a new one

22 Feb 2016   #1
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 
Do I have to uninstall a hd before swapping to a new one

Its not my main HDD SSD but I am needing to swap my 2nd spinny drive with a new one, my question is do I first have to go - divice manager- right click the drive and uninstall. Or do i just take it out after turning off and put the new one in its place.
Would the new Hdds drivers be auto installed over the old or would the old drivers still be on the system if I did not first uninstall the hd.
Thanks


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22 Feb 2016   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Just power off the PC, remove the old drive, install the new drive. When you power on, Windows will detect and install it. The only drivers for internal drives are the default built in Windows drivers.

If it doesn't install you will have to go to Control Panel/System and Security and finally Create and Format Hard disk partitions, to activate the drive.
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22 Feb 2016   #3
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Thank you for your help.
Looks like I should mark this as solved --- that was quick !
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22 Feb 2016   #4
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Ok, so far so good, drivers were installed but the disc is not yet seen in the my computer.
So I go computer/right click/manage go to storage and then this pops up havent read on here anywhere to expect that extra step - do I just carry on with the default that is set (mbr) -worried that it says master boot record when i thought that my ssd was that.
If i choose mbr will that mean that i cannot create partitions later


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22 Feb 2016   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I don't know what a MMR is
Because your disk #1 is less than 2 TB you can choose MBR with no problems.
After the format you will still be able to add new partitions if you so desire.
What it look like to me all you have to do is format Disk #1 and choose a partition letter.

I also suggest not choosing A, B, C, or D.
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22 Feb 2016   #6
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I don't know what a MMR is
Because your disk #1 is less than 2 gb you can choose MBR with no problems.
After the format you will still be a to add new partitions if you so desire.
What it look like to me all you have to do is format Disk #1 and choose a partition letter.
Did you mean to say less than 2TB
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22 Feb 2016   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Yes I did mean less the 2 TB. I will correct my post.
Please when you quote me, do not change anything in my quote.
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22 Feb 2016   #8
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

What did I change
A good reminder about the letters not to choose -thanks
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22 Feb 2016   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

The blue is not necessary. A quote is not a quote if anything is changed in any way.
Thank you for understanding.
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22 Feb 2016   #10
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

MBR would be a good choice.

MBR refers not only to the Master boot Record but also to a partitioning scheme. Until the introduction of GPT it was the only Windows partitioning scheme and is still widely used. GPT would be necessary if the drive was larger than 2 TB but otherwise it has no major advantages.

MBR allows up to 4 primary partitions. By using logical partitions you can have more but that is usually not necessary. If you have more than 1 partition there is always the possibility that one becomes too small while others have space to spare. Create as many partitions as necessary, but no more.
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