Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:01 PM
Welp, I made a mistake when I first put my computer together, in that I chose a 32bit version of Windows. As of right now, I have 8g of ram and a few games that would prefer 64bit, so I kind of screwed myself.
Fortunately, I now have a chance to get Win7 Ultimate 64bit on the cheap through school. I'm wondering at the process I'm going to have to use to do this. My operating system is currently on my C drive, which is a separate SSD, with only a couple other programs and games. Effectively all of my music, documents, other programs are on the D drive on a separate HDD. I realize I'm probably going to have to reinstall just about every program, especially games, because of 32/64 bit programming differences.
My question is, can I get away with only formatting the SSD to install the new OS? Should I remove the media HDD while I'm doing this process? Will my documents/music etc be safe on the HDD? Is there some other route I should take besides formatting the SSD?
Any help is greatly appreciated.