Moving old HDD with Windows 7 to new PC with Windows 8.1

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  1. clankfu

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    I'm building a new rig and planning to install Windows 8.1 on an SSD as the boot drive. I'd like to move over my HDD with Windows 7 boot from my old machine to the new PC to use as a storage drive.

    Do I have to format the HDD in my old machine first or can I just install it to my new rig as is and format it there? And is there anyway to wipe out the Windows 7 boot on the HDD without erasing any of the data (pics, documents, videos)?
     
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    Hello, it has been awhile since you posted this, but you should go ahead and format the drive on your new system after you have done a clean install of Windows 8. Windows should recognize the drive once you get Windows 8 started. You can manage the disks and partitions that are on your system with "diskmgmt.msc" or Disk Management.
     
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    Thank you.

    I have one more question if you don't mind. If I'm using an SSD as the boot drive and the HDD as a secondary storage drive, should I format both to GPT or should I format the boot SSD to MBR and only the HDD to GPT?
     
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    Only if you're using UFEI BIOS, otherwise use MBR. For instance, if the original on the secondary is MBR there is no reason not to use MBR.
     
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    I'll be using an Asus Z97 mobo so that utilizes UEFI and I should format to GPT for both drives right?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Got it. Thank you.
     
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