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OK, here is the situation.

I got a new mobo, CPU, and vid card. I didn't reformat. Now it seems there are some "issues" popping up and I think that I should go reformat and reinstall Windows XP. OK, now, I have a LOT of info I'd like to keep from erasing. Pics, vids, some .ISO's. About 20 gigs all in all. Other things like games I can reinstall, but not this stuff.

So, what are my options here? Is there a way to save specific files from being deleted during an O/S install format?
Also, I just bought a second hard drive. When it comes in what will my options be THEN?

Thanks a lot guys! I'm a bit of a hard drive noob!
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OK, here is the situation.

I got a new mobo, CPU, and vid card. I didn't reformat. Now it seems there are some "issues" popping up and I think that I should go reformat and reinstall Windows XP. OK, now, I have a LOT of info I'd like to keep from erasing. Pics, vids, some .ISO's. About 20 gigs all in all. Other things like games I can reinstall, but not this stuff.

So, what are my options here? Is there a way to save specific files from being deleted during an O/S install format?
Also, I just bought a second hard drive. When it comes in what will my options be THEN?

Thanks a lot guys! I'm a bit of a hard drive noob!
If you run the repair feature on the xp disc, it will just over write windows files and should leave everything else there. You will probably have to re-install some programs though. This doesn't always work so you should make sure to back up stuff to another HD or optical disk before you try this.
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Here is my set-up:

HDD 1 - Windows, Program Files, Games
HDD 2 - Music, Pictures, Downloads, etc...

HDD1 I can reformat whenever I want without losing any personal files

You should copy all the files you want to save to your second HDD when you get it. Then you can reformat your primary HDD and do what I did.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I guess I'll wait. I will have to do research into how to hook up my computer to run off of 2 hard drives and save stuff seperately then.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I guess I'll wait. I will have to do research into how to hook up my computer to run off of 2 hard drives and save stuff seperately then.
There's nothing to it. When you get your new HDD, try format it through windows disk manager. If it doesn't see it, then use your Windows CD to format it.

Then just copy all of your valuable files over to the new HDD, then you can reformat your primary HDD with windows and you will have 24/7 access to your storage HDD.

I like to keep my storage HDD organized like so:
D:\\My Music
D:\\My Downloads
D:\\My Pictures

etc...

let me know if you need more help when you get it.
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OK, new hard drive came in today and there's a bit of a snag.

Windows XP wont recognize the new hard drive. It says it successfully installed but I see nothing. BIOS recognizes it. I've tried to add new hardware but windows is always trying to install something else and I have no idea what it is. It was reccomended to use the XP install disc. How does that work without installing windows on this new hard drive?

Also, should I have both hard drives connected when doing these various things? I get the feeling this should be simpler, but with Windows on the fritz its not helping everything. Ahhh I can't wait to get Windows all reinstalled.
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I'm sorry... all of a sudden it recognized it. I'm reformatting now. I can't WAIT to reinstall everything.
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