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Hi.. I am new to this site and have a very basic question.
I have recently got a new PC. I took the 80gb hard drive out of my old PC and mounted it in a stand alone box for a backup drive. I have been using it for that purpose ever since. It still has all the junk on it from my old computer,, including Windows 98. OK,, now for my question.. Can I just format that drive and simply copy over everything I want to keep as backup,,, which is primarily my photos? Thanks..
 
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Old 11-22-08, 07:37 AM
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You sure can.

With your drive connected, go to "My Computer" under your Start menu. Right mouse click the drive once, then scroll down to 'format'. There is an option for "quick format", but do not check this one.

It will take a couple minutes to format, then you can transfer/copy over whatever files you'd like.
 
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THanks hotinokc. Appreciate you quick response. I understand what you are saying for me to do. Guess if I can put it another way (and I think you did answer this); I am assuming that a hard drive (formatted) needs absolutely nothing on it - in order to use it as a backup... Thanks again.
 
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You are correct. You can have a completely empty hardrive and move whatever you want onto it.
 
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and,,, thanks again.. that sure will free up a lot of space on my external drive..
 
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