I recently installed a new mobo and I did not realize it would cause me to reinstall windows (otherwise it would BSOD). So I bought a new HDD and still have my old HD with all the data on it, I installed both in my PC and copied all my old personal data from the old HD to the new HD so its safe to delete the old HD.
I want to make this second HDD into a backup drive where I will only store large amounts of data and movies/ISOs/etc. I will not be using this HD ever other than storing stuff in it. My question is, can I partition this hard drive and make it new and still copy data to it OR do I need to install some type of OS in order to transfer data onto it? What is the best way to make a HD "store-able" without taking up too much space to install the OS?