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Ok so my PC is playing up and a few programs keep messing up, I've done several registry cleaning and plenty of anti virus scans.
So idk whats up, so I was thinking of using the Windows 7 Disc that I bought which has the serial key to reinstall the OS.
I have an SSD and a larger HDD.
So I just want the SSD to be reformatted and don't want to loose all my data on the HDD frown.gif.

So is this possible? Like when I do sucessfuly boot up after reinstalling the OS will the HDD be accessible without me having to reformat it?
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Originally Posted by haroon158 View Post

Ok so my PC is playing up and a few programs keep messing up, I've done several registry cleaning and plenty of anti virus scans.
So idk whats up, so I was thinking of using the Windows 7 Disc that I bought which has the serial key to reinstall the OS.
I have an SSD and a larger HDD.
So I just want the SSD to be reformatted and don't want to loose all my data on the HDD frown.gif.

So is this possible? Like when I do sucessfuly boot up after reinstalling the OS will the HDD be accessible without me having to reformat it?

When you install Windows, it will ask you which drive and partition to install it on. Select your SSD and you will be fine and your data on the HDD will be safe. I always encourage users who are nervous about making a mistake to unplug the HDD from their PC completely so there is no chance of selecting the wrong drive. Once you've reinstalled windows, plug it back in.
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When you install Windows, it will ask you which drive and partition to install it on. Select your SSD and you will be fine and your data on the HDD will be safe. I always encourage users who are nervous about making a mistake to unplug the HDD from their PC completely so there is no chance of selecting the wrong drive. Once you've reinstalled windows, plug it back in.

ah no I'm not worried about that part,
but like will I have to reformatt or partiotion w/e the 2nd HDD when i sucessfully boot windows 7 after the reinstalation.

Also if I don't have to do anything with the 2nd HDD, what happens to all my programs that I would have on the HDD?
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ah no I'm not worried about that part,
but like will I have to reformatt or partiotion w/e the 2nd HDD when i sucessfully boot windows 7 after the reinstalation.

Also if I don't have to do anything with the 2nd HDD, what happens to all my programs that I would have on the HDD?

If your OS is installed in the SSD, you can format it during the windows 7 installation setup. If you intalled it in the HDD, you can still do the same, but instead of formatting you simply click on the HDD partition, go next, the installation utility will prompt you to keep your windows root folder, accept and that's it (edit: this way you'll retain all of your files from the previous windows installation). You can do the same with the SSD partition if you wish.

You will lose the ability to run any program installed in the previous windows installation. If you choose not to format anything you will still not be able to run the previously installed programs, but you'll be able to keep the data related to those programs.
Edited by FIX_ToRNaDo - 11/20/13 at 1:55pm
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on a fresh Windows install, i unplug all of my other drives, leaving the one i want to reformat. i tend to purchase multiple identical drives, with the only difference being drive letter. yes i could just look for C:, but i unplug the other drives anyways, to be sure.
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Same here, I unplug everything except the drive where I want C: and Windows.

You can also see if you can do this in the BIOS instead of physically pulling the cables. There's probably a list of all SATA ports and you can disable each of the ports except the first where you have your SSD, and the one with your DVD drive.
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ah no I'm not worried about that part,
but like will I have to reformatt or partiotion w/e the 2nd HDD when i sucessfully boot windows 7 after the reinstalation.

Also if I don't have to do anything with the 2nd HDD, what happens to all my programs that I would have on the HDD?

You'll have to reinstall the programs.
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