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reformatting

by DianKip / September 28, 2007 1:36 PM PDT

is there anything I need to know that is different between reformatting one hard drive or multiple hard drives.

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Not sure I understand the question. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 28, 2007 1:45 PM PDT
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A Hard drive is a hard drive. Exactly what do you mean by multiple hard drives? Are you talking about one hard drive with two or more partitions or a bank of hard drives?

And the OS makes a ton of difference.

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sorry, i tried this question in newbies
by DianKip / September 28, 2007 2:12 PM PDT

but got no response.

here's the deal...I have reformatted my computer before, but that was before I got another hard drive installed on it.
It is starting to run sluggishly and it is full of crud, so I would like to make a clean sweep of it and start fresh.
However, like I said, I now have 2 hard drives. And one of them is partitioned. So I am wondering if I just slip my disk in and follow directions as I did before. Or is there something I am going to need to know that is different when reformatting in this way.
My OS is xp home sp2

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Oh. . .
by Coryphaeus / September 28, 2007 8:17 PM PDT
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It's like Wayne says, but
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 28, 2007 9:23 PM PDT

you should be aware that any programs installed on the second hard drive will likely not work once you have re-formatted and re-installed Windows on the C drive, (or whichever drive you use as the master).

If you just use the 2nd drive for storage then the files on there should be safe, but you may have to "Take Ownership" of those folders and files after the re-installation, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421

Mark

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