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Wiping the old HD

Hey all, new here to the CNET message boards. Well, every now and then we all come across the problem of your harddrive becoming totally cluttered and an absolute mess beyond what an attempted defrag can do. Well, I hit that point and it's making my games run like s*&$# and my computer run slower. So I was thinking of wiping the the hard drive. Now of course this is easier said then done because I still have a lot of software I want on my computer and I don't have all the original CDs (my unorganized mannerisms aren't limited to the computer). So I was wondering what the best way to go about this is... how could I save all my games/apps without using millions of CD/Rs and somehow save the registries for some of these? And secondly, how can I prevent fragmenting on my HD for future reference on Windows XP pro (service pack 2)? Any help would be appreciated.

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BTW

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Oh, it might also be of some note that I can't find my Windows XP CD either... got lost somewhere along a few moves. Is this situation hopeless?

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You definitely will need

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an XP CD. If you registered your system with Microsoft, you can get a replacement CD for a nominal cost. If you did not register, you must buy a new CD. The OEM version is somewhat cheaper if you don't need or want any Microsoft support.

Frank

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