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officework13

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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.

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You are saying

You have a newer dell, upgrading from 20GB to 80GB

You have an older dell, taking the 20GB from the newer dell and putting it in the older dell.

I don't see why it would be a must to partition it. Just make one of the drives in the old dell a slave, and one primary. But, it's always nice to have it partitioned incase something goes wrong.
 

officework13

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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.

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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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Originally posted by officework13:
i do not quite understand the whole partitioning issue
Basically the smaller the partition, the more disk space you save, but at 20 gigs you really don't need to partition it ;)
 
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