So last week my laptop fried (sparks popped, black smoke came out the vents .... very bad stunk the house up for a few days). Anyways I pulled the HD and picked up an external docking bay. Last night I pulled everything off the drive I wanted and backed it all up onto other computers.
Now I want to erase that drive down to nothing and use it as a storage drive only for my desktop (still mounted to the external bay).
Can I just reformate it, whats the best way to go about this? Using windows 8 on my desktop. I have a few older laptops and desktops just collecting dust, now that I have this pay I am thinking I will pull the HD's and reformate them all.