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Windows 7: How to add internal HDD to newly installed Windows without formatting?

12 Aug 2018   #1
Michkelo

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
How to add internal HDD to newly installed Windows without formatting?

My computer has become problematic so Ive decided to reinstall Windows 7. But before I do, I just want to know if I will be able to add and access my secondary internal SATA HDDs without having to format them. Ive seen in a YouTube video that they initialized the HDD and then when it came to the New Simple Volume Wizard, after assigning a drive letter, the dialog box said to store data on this partition, you must format it first. Does that mean I wont be able to use my hdds (read/write) without having to format it first?


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12 Aug 2018   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If it's a brand new drive they have to have a partition created then formatted. If it's a used drive it should be ok as it is
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12 Aug 2018   #3
Michkelo

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

It is a used drive that contains my media files. So I just have to plug it to a SATA port and I will be able to access it or do I have to initialize? I mean what’s the procedure? Sorry, I just want to know if I’d have to back it up first if formatting is needed.
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12 Aug 2018   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

To install or reinstall win 7 make sure ALL other drives are disconnected from MoBo (power or SATA cable).
Once you finish installation with all drivers and updates installed, shutdown and connect the other HDD to the MoBo. You don't need to do anything to the disk.
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12 Aug 2018   #5
Michkelo

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Ok thank you so much!
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