Yes, my personal files are backed up.
You said that you have your personal files backed up, my question in this is:
Did you do that via an advanced backup program just like Paragon Backup program of did you do that with the built in backup program from Windows?
Why ask I this, well, I got the impress that you think that the built in backup program from Windows is the same as the backup program what I have.
I can tell you, it is not the same.
The built in backup program from Windows makes only a backup from the system and not from your important files.
When you had access to your desktop and you turn back the backup via restore to the point where you have not the recent files, than lost you your files.
When you have a Backup program just like me or whoever or you copied the important files to a disk or external Hard Disk, than is there not a problem when you run format c:
When you run format c: than format makes a new partition without the os.
When you run format c: /s than format create a system partition.
But option /s is not needed, because when you have ran format c: ,than get you the installation disk, put it in the Cd\Dvd-drive and the install cd, create a new bootable partition, so also Windows.
But there is a problem:
Format delete all files from your exist partition.
Before you run the format command, it is needed that you are sure that you have copies from important files on disk or ext. HD. or that you have a backup what is created by an advanced Backup program just like Paragon Backup or Backup4you.
So dear lady, if you can see is the backup program from Windows and the backup program from Paragon or Backup4you, not the same.
About the hidden partition:
When an user has Windows XP Home, than has the user the possibility for make the hidden partition visible via msconfig.
But with Windows XP prof, is that not possible.
What to do, when you haven't backups what is created by Paragon Backup or Backup4you:
At this moment, I don't know.
About format c: fs:ntfs question, here is a link, that tell you more about the format command.
Personally find I, format c: without the option, more than enough.http://www.tippscout.de/formatting-format-drive-c-in-xp-or-windows-2000-and-erase-all-data_tipp_2629.html
Than would I give answer on the problem when you have not copies or backups from the important files, and the partition is damaged:
Via a Crossover cable can you make a connection between 2 computers, where by the one works as Host and the other as Client.
For that must you find a friend or a good neighbour, that would help you with that.
Edited by RadioNorthsea, 25 March 2011 - 10:27 AM.