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Windows 7: How important is the formatting on the drive?

16 Jul 2010   #1

How important is the formatting on the drive?

This might be a weird or noob question but here goes:

I've currently got WinXP (still).

I've got two HD in my system and a LOT of files on both. But of course both are formatted to 32bit.

I want to get Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). I intend to wipe out a drive and have Windows 7 format it to the new bit.

The question is: Afterwards can I hook up my 2nd (32bit formatted) drive and have Windows 7 read that drive? Basically I'm asking if I can use one of my WinXP formatted drive to back up all my files onto, then later use a Windows 7 drive to pull that information off.

I've literally no clue whether this is a stumbling block or irrelevant.

Please and thanks.

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16 Jul 2010   #2

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Yes, Windows 7 will read your 2nd HD, when installing best to remove your 2nd.
Make sure your clean the HD before installing.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Clean Install Windows 7
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16 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

There is no 32bit formatted drives or 64bit formatted...its all the same.
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22 Jul 2010   #4


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22 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think that as long as it runs on the FAT/DOS file system it will work.
But the applications wont work if they are not configured for that Bit-Type.
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22 Jul 2010   #6

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops

XP,vista,7 are NTFS file system

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22 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pacinitaly View Post
XP,vista,7 are NTFS file system?
Yes. XP Pro, Vista and Windows 7 use it by default, while XP Home defaults to FAT32.

On a side note, I'm absolutely blown away at how much confusion there is over the 32bit and 64bit platforms, especially considering they've been available for 6 years now or so. I've seen threads where people were asking why their x64 Windows 7 install can only go up to 32bit color. I see so many people either in confusion, or just plain scared off from using an x64 OS for reasons that don't exist.

At least the OP here asked for clarification, rather than just assumed to know the answer and stick with x86.
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