I just recently bought a brand new laptop. The hardware was awesome, but the hard drive was...eh (320GB, not my cup of tea). So I ended up taking Jeff Atwood's suggestion and bought a hybrid hard drive (500GB, bare drive).
When I received it, I immediately took the old one out and put the new one in and reinstalled Windows 7. And to my amazement, it was one of the best upgrades I ever did! BUT one thing that still bothers me, I forgot to pre-format the drive....(due to over excitement haha) I'm usually good at playing it safe, and ensuring I take the extra steps for the health of my laptops.
So my question, is there any repercussions for not formatting a new hard drive and installing a new OS, short-term and long-term? Should I clone my newly installed OS (I say clone because I have already put most of my music, videos, and documents back on the new drive also), format the drive, and put the clone back on?
Thanks for any suggestions!