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    I hope you can under stand this, cause I am having a hard time thinking how to say this. My friend gave me a 160Gig Hard drive, but I do not want to format it. All I want to do is make it like a extra hard drive. How would I be able to do it? It is a SATA.

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    ...? just connect it to the motherboard... ??

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    Since its SATA it should just plug into your motherboard, or via USB or firewire with an external case. No formatting is neccesary for it. Unless you want to do it.

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    What if the hard drive still has it's partition?

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    What about that?

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    Woud I not have two OS's and would I not have to boot between from one another? It's been used.

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    nah. You just set it as secondary (however you have to do that... if your other hard drive is PATA, then make sure the BIOS will boot from the PATA disks first). That way the computer will boot and load the Master Boot Record on your original disk first, and won't even bother with the other hard disk's Operating System.

    Windows will detect it, say OK, there's a partition, lets call it K... and your good to go.
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