Upgrading and HDD

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#1 Posted by bssauter13 (545 posts) -

When you upgrade your computer do you have to wipe the HDD? If so, do you wipe it before or after you upgrade it?

#2 Posted by kraken2109 (13196 posts) -

No you don't have to, but sometimes you may need to reinstall windows.

#3 Posted by bssauter13 (545 posts) -

Ok, My office is going to upgrade the computer, Motherboard, CPU, PSU, RAM, Video Card. So I already assumed we would have to reinstall windows, anything else that would have to happen to do this?

Thanks

#4 Posted by WastelandArcher (78 posts) -

Ok, My office is going to upgrade the computer, Motherboard, CPU, PSU, RAM, Video Card. So I already assumed we would have to reinstall windows, anything else that would have to happen to do this?

Thanks

bssauter13
You are correct. Transfer your files to the network drive or if one is unavailable, to an external drive.
#5 Posted by kraken2109 (13196 posts) -

Ok, My office is going to upgrade the computer, Motherboard, CPU, PSU, RAM, Video Card. So I already assumed we would have to reinstall windows, anything else that would have to happen to do this?

Thanks

bssauter13
If you're changing that much you will need to reinstall windows and then your programs. Make sure you backup your other files though.
#6 Posted by Amster_G (4290 posts) -

Just based on the motherboard change alone it's highly recommended to wipe the HDD and reinstall Windows.

#7 Posted by Byshop (12539 posts) -

Just based on the motherboard change alone it's highly recommended to wipe the HDD and reinstall Windows.

Amster_G

Wiping the hard drive is completely unnecessary. Reinstalling any modern version of Windows backs up all your previous files into a Windows.old direction.

Backing up your data to a seperate volume is always a good idea, but it's not technically required in this case since the HD is not being replaced. Once the new version of Windows is installed you can move your data from the Windows.old folder into the new user folders.

-Byshop

#8 Posted by bssauter13 (545 posts) -

Alright, Thanks for the help