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can I format a hard drive that I have taken out from a damaged laptop?

Hi, I had a fairly one year old laptop that I damaged & thought to use the hard drive as a storage , it has got windows 7 on it installed , now I know some new technology use encreption and stuff on the hard drive the question is can I format it normally and use it as a storage and also is it possible to use win7 key onto another laptop and where to find the whole key since the sticker at the back is not fully clear ? Thank you & wish everyone a better year a head .
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Thanks guy for the help , I just got something else related regarding the OEM thing , is the win7 key related to HDD or to the MOBO it self pls clarify , thanks
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Thanks guys .