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Soooo, I have an F: drive which has my windows installed on it. My C: is currently being used for storage but has no OS installed on it. My question is:

Can I install Windows Vista on my C: without erasing all my stuff?

I think there is an option where you do not have to reformat the drive but I could be wrong. Also both F: and C: are RAID 0 drives (2x500AAKS) drives. Dont think that matters but just in case.

Thanks guys
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Use partition magic and you'll be able to.
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Use partition magic and you'll be able to.

You mean use partition magic while running windows off of my F: OS? Or do they make some sort of crazy bootable disk or something?
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I installed Vista to my F: partition through Windows XP ( on my C partition ). It works just fine. If you already have the partitions set up like you do then just go ahead and install the OS it won't erase your files but anything you had in folders like programfiles it will put into a folder called "oldwindows" I just copied everything back into programfiles after the OS install.
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post #5 of 8
if you're installing it onto a different drive with stuff already on it just don't choose format during the install...everything that's on the drive will stay where it is.
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Ok guys, thanks for the responses. So now that I know I can install an OS without writing over all of the files, my next question is this:

Since they are both RAID ) Arrays, only one is the bootable obviously. Will I be able to use both with by dual booting with something like VISTA boot manager?
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I believe Vista puts a bootrecord on both drives and when you start up the comp you'll have a choice of Vista or Older windows.
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Originally Posted by Est.1885 View Post
I believe Vista puts a bootrecord on both drives and when you start up the comp you'll have a choice of Vista or Older windows.
Thats pretty much what I'm looking for, can anyone confirm this?
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