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Old 20th August, 2005, 04:41 PM
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Hard Drive in another PC

Is it possible to put my existing Hard Drive into my new PC, without wiping it.
If so, do I simply need to un-install motherboard and video card drivers before moving it? Or is there something else I need to do to prepare it?
This could also help determine if my HDD problem is the fault of my Shuttle or the HDD itself.
Also, will my existing PC2700 memory run in my Abit AN8 motherboard? At least just for the sakes of getting the thing running.
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Old 20th August, 2005, 05:15 PM
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Abit AN8 is a S939 board. Which means it runs at 200mhz HTT. So to run the PC2700, you will need to run it using a divider.
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Old 20th August, 2005, 05:32 PM
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It will work, just at it's spd speed, it may even overclock ok up to DDR400 with a little extra voltage and slight drop in timings

As for moving the HD across, it is possible but it's a real pain, a fresh install is preferable
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It's just I've done a fresh install twice already, I don't want to wear it out?
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Wear what out?
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The Hard Drive. Doesn't Re-formatting it wear it out once you've done it 2/3 times?
Or is this a myth?
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I think thats a myth, but you only need to a quick format anyway, takes a lot less time and doesn't physically wipe the drive clean
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In the bad old days of SCSI-1 drives you could cause problems by formatting too often. This number was somewhere in the hundreds though. Now, nah, no problems. The technology's a little better...
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Old 21st August, 2005, 01:32 PM
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The Hard Drive. Doesn't Re-formatting it wear it out once you've done it 2/3 times?
Or is this a myth?
Definately a myth, only the very old drives couldn't be formatted above a few hundred times (3 or 4 hundred+)

I have an old samsung 4.1GB (designed for windows 98) it has been formatted countless times (I keep stufing up, and am getting problems with my linux installs), I have personally done low level formats from BIOS about 15 times in the past week alone and it still has 0 drive errors
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I formatted an old 10gb Seagate drive 8 times in one day, because it wasnt running the way I wanted it.
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The Hard Drive. Doesn't Re-formatting it wear it out once you've done it 2/3 times?
Or is this a myth?
urban lore.. I love it!!!
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Great! I'm getting a new Maxtor anyway, but still great! Thanks guys..
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