i have an old computer with Windows Vista on it (installed on a 2TB HDD), but when booting, it states it's missing parts of the OS, and to "insert my Vista CD" in order to fix the problem. but I don't have the Vista CD, but I do have Windows 7 CD.
i installed Windows 7 on the other 250 GB HDD, but when i boot it up, it doesn't recognize the larger 2TB drive.
when i try to do the "restore" install, it wont do it - keeps looping on the prompt asking to restart / insert CD.
so my question...
how can i access the data on the 2TB CD? can i do a fresh install of Windows 7 on that drive, without loosing the data on the drive? i'm prompted with 2 options from windows 7 CD:
1. Upgrade (this is the one that doesn't work).
2. Clean /Fresh install. it warns me that i will lose information, but doesn't prompt me to "format" the drive. i understand i may lose files within the O/S (i.e., My Documents) - but i'm primarily concerned with files that are in folders on the main drive (i.e., C:/datastrain).
(i have a bunch of pictures and doc's that i really don't want to lose).
Edited by datastrain, 08 April 2013 - 08:57 PM.