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Protecting partitions from factory reset?

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    Protecting partitions from factory reset?


    I posted this thread yesterday about my problem, and I've decided I will factory reset my operating system. I won't make you read the whole other thread, but the main issue is that "Change PC Settings", aka the Metro settings panel, doesn't work, so I can't "Refresh without affecting files". I currently have 3 partitions set up, my C: drive (499 GB capacity), which has my operating system, programs, and a load of totally legal videos; my D: drive (533 GB capacity), which contains all my user folders; and my E: drive (800 GB capacity), which contains nothing but games. The main things I want to save are my games, 800 GB, my videos, 340 GB, and my program files, which is about 65 GB. Adding on a few user files I want to keep as well, it's about 1,250 GB of stuff I want to save, on my 2 TB disk.

    Is there any way for me to restore my system (I have no system restore points that work, they're all broken, so factory reset) whilst keeping the 1.2 TB of data? Say like, by making a new partition and moving everything into there, and excluding it from the system reset? I don't have any external hard disks, but my laptop has about 400 GB left, so I was thinking I could possibly move my videos and program files from the C: drive to the laptop, somehow merge my D: and E: drive (adding on extra space from the C: drive for the videos and programs), and then perform the system reset on the C: Drive only. Is this possible?

    Thanks for any help.

    [MOVED FROM INSTALLATION & SETUP]

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    Can you just make a Recovery Drive with a USB Stick then Refresh Windows from there ?
    1. Insert an USB stick. go to Control Panel->Recovery->Create A Recovery Drive.
    2. Boot from the USB->US->Trouble Shoot->Refresh
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Can you just make a Recovery Drive with a USB Stick then Refresh Windows from there ?
    1. Insert an USB stick. go to Control Panel->Recovery->Create A Recovery Drive.
    2. Boot from the USB->US->Trouble Shoot->Refresh
    Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Can you just make a Recovery Drive with a USB Stick then Refresh Windows from there ?
    1. Insert an USB stick. go to Control Panel->Recovery->Create A Recovery Drive.
    2. Boot from the USB->US->Trouble Shoot->Refresh
    Sorry about the late reply. I tried it, but it says "A problem occurred while creating the recovery drive." I'm probably just going to factory reset it at this point, I give up. Do you know if there's a way to protect the other drives? Say, reformatting them with Linux so Windows doesn't touch them or something?
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