Currently, I have a 120 GB SSD with Windows installed on it, and I try to keep it free from other files, but over the years, I have accumulated a lot of stuff on it, and now it’s almost full. I am soon going to build a new PC, but I plan to keep all my old drives, including this SSD. However, since I have an OEM version of Windows, I will need to obtain a new one, and I intend to install it on the same SSD.

My question is, will the new Windows installation format the SSD and overwrite the previous installation, or is there something else I need to do?

I don’t want to go through the hassle of manually deleting everything, and I need the SSD to work until the very moment I plug it into my new PC and install the new OS.

I apologize if my terminology is not accurate, and please feel free to ask for clarification.

Askify Moderator Edited question April 26, 2023