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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:04 PM

If I had two seperate hard drives, one contains the system and another contains my files, then I do a clean install of XP on the hard drive with the OS, will the hard drive with my files get affected?

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:18 PM

It shouldn't as long as you are careful and pay attention. Whenever I'm doing something that might affect another drive, I unplug the drive just to be sure
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 06:59 PM

Just to add to this, when performing operations outside of Windows your drive letters may change. It's advisable to double check everything before committing to the changes (FWIW - I didn't do this and lost my backup image because of it).

The next best thing is to disconnect the hard drive with the files and install Windows. Then reconnect the hard drive and it'll be detected automatically (there's a few things to do to ensure you don't hurt your data - so if you go this route, post back BEFORE trying it and we can explain further).
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:12 PM

So Windows won't say that it wants to format the drive just to access it?

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Posted 23 November 2008 - 07:37 PM

The next best thing is to disconnect the hard drive with the files and install Windows. Then reconnect the hard drive and it'll be detected automatically (there's a few things to do to ensure you don't hurt your data - so if you go this route, post back BEFORE trying it and we can explain further).


So what should I do to ensure that I don't hurt my data?




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