i have a 20 gig hard drive in my del computer and i am upgrading to a 80 gig hard drive. now with my 20 gig hard drive can i format it and put it into my older del cpu. will it work or do i need to partition it.
you were right in your decifering my question.
i do not quite understand the whole partitioning issue (other than my new hard drive came with partitioning software) and i have no idea how the old drive was partitioned as it was part of the bundled system.
with that being said. after i format the old 20g hard drive do i just put it into my old cpu and install it as new hardware or will it asked to be partitioned & if so is it better to partition it before i transfer it to the old cpu.
yes you just install it as new hardware. If you want to, you can always partition it later. You sound like you don't know exactly what partition is, but I may be wrong. Just to refresh your memory, partitioning is splitting the hard drive into 2 or more pieces. If you have a 20 gig hard drive you could split it 10GB/10GB, 7GB/4GB/9GB, etc. Windows never asks you to partition the hard drive, you will have to do it yourself if you want to. I partition through FDisk, but I wont get into that. Partitioning software is much easier. So I guess it's up to you. If you have any other kinds of partitioning questions, I could help you with those too
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