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    Make old drive unbootable?
    I just replaced my iMac's internal drive, and now I want to use the old one as an external storage place. So far so good; I could format it, put whatever I want on it, and be done. However, what I want on it is already there, in my Movies folder. Can I just delete all the other files and use it as an external drive, also on another mac, without issues? Or is there another step, like removing a boot flag or whatever? Or am I asking for trouble and should I just take the long route of erase and repopulate?

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Typically, when I replace a hard drive, I'll clone the old to the new and then format the old and put it in a case. Sounds like you took the hard route and did a clean install on the new drive.

    But barring that, what I would recommend is just copying the movies folder over to the internal, then erase the external and copy it back.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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