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I have 3 hard drives and my main is currupted.

by nrobinson800m / September 18, 2009 2:09 AM PDT

C: 74GB WD Raptor
D: 640GB Seagate
E: 1TB WD External

Currently, these are all NTFS.

On the C: is my install of Vista Ultimate 64-bit and a few other programs I use.

On the D: is my storage of movies, music, bulk programs, and games.

On the E: my storage of HD content and where I had my C: and D: making continuous back-ups to.

Last month, I noticed the back-ups failed and got the message that my C: was corrupted, constant BSOD, as well as many programs failing for various strange reasons. This has left me with just formatting the drives, but my question is, can I just format C:? Does D: need it as well? I'm fine losing C: is there a separate way I can back up D: and go for the double format?

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Probably not
by Jimmy Greystone / September 18, 2009 2:16 AM PDT

Probably not. You should be able to format your boot drive, without having to worry about the others. HOWEVER, you will likely have to reinstall every app installed on the other drive(s).

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Just to be clear
by nrobinson800m / September 21, 2009 2:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Probably not

Should I just make copies of my media and documents on my external HDD, disconnect it and reformat the other two drives?

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That's ONE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2009 2:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Just to be clear

Two if you count the original but to stay in a "state of backup" we need one more or the third copy.

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I hope you worry.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2009 2:26 AM PDT

Our Storage forum is full of posts where people didn't backup. They install some OS and then ask "Say, where are my files I had on those other drives?"

I think all the moderators say "We only lose what we didn't backup."

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