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Reformating Question

I'm planning on reformatting one of my computers. The problem is I lost my system restore disks and had to buy a new windows XP disk. I reformatted it like this once before, although it was a pain, having to find all the drivers myself.

Would it be possible for me to back up the windows or system32 or drivers on an external hard drive and just transfer it back over after the reformat? Would this cause any problems? I'm trying to make this as smooth as possible.

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Not really

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Not really going to work. Best thing to do, is before you format, track down all the drivers you need and put them onto a CD or external drive or something. That way you've got them handy when you get done with the initial install.

You might also want to consider making an installation disc with SP3 slipstreamed in. Use Google for instructions if you need them.

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Imaging.

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You can use a free ware DriveImageXML to make an image after you install the OS, drivers and other applications. The next time you format your C drive you can simply restore the image saving the tedious task of installing drivers and applications.For more information you can go through DriveImageXML tutorials.

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The one catch is

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The one catch is with imaging software, that you tend to bring along with it any of the garbage that may be the reason for the formatting.

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Use a driver backup program.

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