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Repairing Vista


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#1 musiksykeo

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 06:24 AM

hey all, im pretty new to this. recently ive been having troubles with my computer. at first my main hard drive with vista home premium wouldnt read. i first thougth my hard drive was dying so i instaleld vista on my secondary hard drive. i then thoguth if i switched my cables for my primamry hard drive it might work. it did but soon after it kind of died on me.
i have a lot of important files on my primamary hard drive but i dont have the space to back them up. the shop technic guy said that my file of vista has become unstable so i have to repair it. my question is: if i repair vista will it delete my files?
also hwo do i remove vista from my secondary hard drive with out formatting that as well?

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 10:35 AM

Repairing Vista using the Startup Repair option ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/ ) won't harm your data.

Neither will a full repair of Vista ( http://vistasupport.mvps.org/repair_a_vist...e_vista_dvd.htm )

But, as with any major work on the OS - backing up your stuff is advised prior to attempting the repair. If you don't have the space to back them up - what are you going to do if your hard drive actually does die? I'd advise getting a USB hard drive to back your data up on. You could also back it up to the secondary hard drive (if it's a separate hard drive and not just another partition on the physical hard drive).

There's several ways to do this outside of Windows, so if you need advice on this, let us know.

As for removing the second Vista installation - boot into your Vista installation, go to Disk Management and format the other hard drive. If the computer still thinks that second installation is there after rebooting, you can run the Startup Repair to fix that.
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