Can I do a clean install and save data??

  neutronxx 13:52 14 Jan 2003
  neutronxx 13:52 14 Jan 2003

After a couple of bad experiences losing data i decided to physically install a second drive and use it for MS office/data/programs/games/mp3's etc. On my C:drive i run only windows and other operating programs that are easily recoverable/reinstallable. i do this on the basis that (apart from performance and maintainance issues) i can now reformat C: and reinstall windows and keep the contents of the other drive.

Will the contents of this second drive be usable? will windows update the registry of the drives contents? e.g., MS office or a game can still be used after the clean installation of the OS.

  Lú-tzé 14:02 14 Jan 2003

Any of your user data on the second hdd will (should) be ok.

But programs installed there will need to be reinstalled again - with some it may be possible to install over a current installation.

I have never seen the advantage of installing a program onto a different partition than that of the OS. Keeping data, my documents, downloads and so on is a different matter though. They are best on another partition and then onto cd-r in their time.

  leo49 14:03 14 Jan 2003

"Will the contents of this second drive be usable?"

Any program that makes registry entries will have to be reinstalled.


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