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Windows 7: Need advice on installing 2nd 320GB HDD

15 Sep 2010   #1
djm260

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 
Need advice on installing 2nd 320GB HDD

I received a replacement Hard Drive for my Dell Studio due to a problem with my original. They sent me 2, one of which I installed and then upgraded to Windows 7. They acknowledged the mistake and allowed me to keep the second for my troubles (hard to beleive, but true) I now have a brand new hard drive that I'd like to use as a secondary data drive on my notebook. The only problem is that it is imaged with Windows Vista Home Premiuim at its factory settings as if it was installed in a new Dell notebook.

Before I plug it into the 2nd slot and boot up, I'd like to know if it is as simple as doing just that and then reformatting to erase the image through Win 7. If I plug the drive in and boot up, will it just boot into Windows 7 or will it try to install Vista from the second Hard Drive? Any advice or guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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15 Sep 2010   #2
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Yup, you should be able to just plug it in and reformat it. It won't try to boot as long as you don't have it set in the BIOS as the boot drive.
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16 Sep 2010   #3
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

When you have both drives installed:

If it boots to windows 7 just try to format it as strollin has said but if it has issues booting or you cant stop it from booting into vista then you could try...

**This is probably more of a cowboy way around but it works**
Booting to the windows 7 CD >> Select Language >> Install Now >>
*read* and Accept License Terms then Next >> Click Custom

Now click on drive options (advanced) >> Select the disk you wish format and then click delete (just make sure you select the correct drive )

>> Restart *Don't install Win 7*

Now when you boot into windows 7 as normal and select that 2nd drive it will say it needs formatting, just hit format and all should be well.

Hope this helps towards your solution opportunity.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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16 Sep 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello djm260, welcome to Seven Forums!







The easiest way once you have the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) installed is to use the method listed in step #7 in the tutorial at the link below, it over-writes all the old Windows code with zeroes; it's even 'safe' as it won't allow you do the "System" HDD.
Have a look to see what you think and be sure to post back to keep us informed.


Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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16 Sep 2010   #5
djm260

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Thanks for all of your advice. I think I may just try plugging it in and booting up. It's my hope that it will just assign a drive letter to the new drive and not start the process of installing Vista. It seems that I'll be able to do that.

I'm just a little worried that I will blow up another hard drive.

The reason I had to replace the HDD is that Dell sent me the wrong windows 7 install disk (64 bit instead of 32 bit), which I didn't realize until after I started the process. I called Dell and asked them to send me the correct disk and to walk me through replacing my deleted drivers. the tech that I got on the phone must have been a trainee. (she didn't understand the differece between a system restore and a PC factory restore). It ended up destroying my HDD. After some "nudging" on the phone, they agreed to replace the HDD and threw in the Windows 7 upgrade and the anytime upgrade. I just don't want to destroy what I've replaced!

I'll probably wait a few more days. Any other input is appreciated! Thanks again.
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16 Sep 2010   #6
djm260

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

The plug and play option worked like a charm! I just had to make the drive active and there it was....

All I need to do now is partitian the drive to get rid of the "OS" and "Recovery". Thanks again for the help!
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16 Sep 2010   #7
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Glad you got it sorted...
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16 Sep 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello djm260, welcome to Seven Forums!







The easiest way once you have the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) installed is to use the method listed in step #7 in the tutorial at the link below, it over-writes all the old Windows code with zeroes; it's even 'safe' as it won't allow you do the "System" HDD.
Have a look to see what you think and be sure to post back to keep us informed.


Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command


Hello again, glad to see you got it going and thanks for the update.

This method is a very safe, effective one to use to over-write (remove) data.
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16 Sep 2010   #9
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by djm260 View Post
The plug and play option worked like a charm! I just had to make the drive active and there it was....

All I need to do now is partitian the drive to get rid of the "OS" and "Recovery". Thanks again for the help!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Glad you got it sorted...
Ditto on the thumbs up

Glad its sorted.

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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