If you have two hard drives, then select the files/folders you wish to keep, then just copy them over. If you have just the one drive, do the same but burn them to a CD. Format your hard drive, install your operating system, update all your drivers and install your programs.
Insert the CD that you've used to back-up your files/folders and move them back over to the hard drive. That's the easy answer! If you need more details or advice as to how you best do this, post back and one of the forum members will give more details. j.
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leeknight67, I'm sorry to say that you will need to buy a CDR to copy your files before you format the drive. This will be the best way to do it.
Or if your drive is big enough, then you could use Partition magic to place a separate partition on your present drive, copy the files/folders to that and format only the C drive. The C drive is where you will put your O/S and programs back after the format, then do as in my post above.
How big is your drive, and how much free space do you have? Also which operating system are you using? J.
No problem Djohn, you have made some valid points.
leeknight67, further to my original posting: I use a few methods for backing up data/files. One of which is a multi-card reader I purchased from click here I purchased the six- in-one with a 128Mb card for just under £50 at the begining of the year. You can purchase a Compact Flash card reader for £14.09 and the 512Mb card for £86.94. If you think that would not be enough memory they do a 1Gb card for £195.04 but I would think the 512Mb would be enough.
Or you could buy a new larger hard disk say at least 40Mb quite cheaply and install it as master and old drive as slave then re-install your system or a new one on the master, then copy the files you want from slave to master.
Note: if you re-install or change the O/S you will need your drivers for the motherboard, video and other hardware unless you know wgere they are on your old drive.
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