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Windows 7: installing windows 7 over XP. 3 harddrives. will they ALL be formatted

12 Sep 2010   #1

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installing windows 7 over XP. 3 harddrives. will they ALL be formatted

I have 3 harddrives the primary i dont care if its formatted, thats the one the OS goes on. the other 2 have all my movies on it (3tb total, 1tb and 2tb drive) will these 2 extra drives be formatted as well or untouched? If they are going to be formated can i just upplug them and plug back in once 7 is installed

note if it matters ill be installing win7 unltimate NOT the upgrade

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13 Sep 2010   #2
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Hello jmichael99, welcome to Seven Forums!

If you're concerned you can disconnect the Hard Disk Drives (HDD) you want and just leave the HDD you want to install Windows 7 to connected, in-fact if you do that and you want the best possible space to install to have a look at the tutorial at the link below; it over-writes every sector on the HDD to remove any/all old data.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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