Elpibe

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I need to format a HDD with Windows XP so i can connect it to my PC that have Windows 7, and im not sure how to do it (i try searching in google). Using Windows XP CD or making a Bootable CD its not possible (i dont have any CD), so i have to do it by USB. How do i format it?
 
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Elpibe

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I think there is a misunderstanding. I have 2 PCs. 1 old Pc with Windows XP and the new one with Windows 7. When i complete the transfer of the files that i have in the old pc i dont need anything from that PC, just the HDD, so i can use it in the new pc.
 

_CyberGhosT_

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Formatting a HDD will remove the OS no two ways about it, and yes you can use it in the other PC if it has the same connections, compare the HDD's connections to make sure.
If the connectors don't match up often you can buy the converter for very cheap at any PC store or Ebay.
Also, google the specs of that harddrive to make sure the PC you will use it in can efficiently run it.
PeAcE
 
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Elpibe

Level 3
Formatting a HDD will remove the OS no two ways about it, and yes you can use it in the other PC if it has the same connections, compare the HDD's connections to make sure.
If the connectors don't match up often you can buy the converter for very cheap at any PC store or Ebay.
Also, google the specs of that harddrive to make sure the PC you will use it in can efficiently run it.
PeAcE
Yes, im asking how to format, the 2nd message is a reply to an answer that is deleted, so its out of context
 

BoraMurdar

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Why don't take out the old HDD (from XP computer), and just attach it to a new computer via SATA cable. It will be shown as a new HDD/Drive on your Windows 7 PC... Right click and format the whole HDD. Done.

Or
Download Minitool Partition Wizard Boot CD
https://www.partitionwizard.com/download/pwfree91-x86.iso
Burn it to your USB with Rufus
https://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/rufus-2.8.exe

Set your computer to boot from USB first, in your BIOS settings.
Format whole HDD via Minitool.
Extract/Detach HDD and connect it to your Windows 7 Computer
 

Spawn

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Both mentioned methods are feasible, but I would say Bootable USB option sounds a lot more easier to manage.

What do you mean by your "motherboard doesn't recognise Windows XP", are you connecting the old HDD as the Master or Slave in the Windows 7 PC, or something else?

@BoraMurdar Is it possible to connect an IDE (HDD) to SATA connection?
 

Elpibe

Level 3
Its not an old HDD cause i change it because the old one die. So now the old computer have a 1TB HDD with XP. When the guy come he tell me that the new motherboard dont recognize XP. When he use the XP HDD in the new pc Blue Screen pop out in a second. I dont know much about this, but i remember he did the slave thing.
 
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Alkajak

Workaround in case you're interested.

Download the Windows 10 ISO and burn to DVD or make bootable USB out of it.
Windows 10

Start installation, get to HDD selection, format/delete the drive, exit installer. HDD is now formatted without going through Linux.
 
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