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persius

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It's been a while since I needed to reformat so I'm here for a refresher.
My HD has the following partitions:
-C: (OS)
-D: (recovery)
-E: Data

I would like to reformat but to have my E: drives files remain where they are. Once reformatted to factory settings will that leave my E: alone? If I recall correctly, that is what should happen.


Thank you.
 

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TechnoMage

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If you use a program like EaseUS Partition Manager, you can reformat one partition at a time.
I do it all the time, by slaving the drive I'm working on, to my main PC, from where I run the Partition Manager.
All just in a days work.

:cool:
 

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TechnoMage

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OK, it's been a while. So I have to ask, "Did you ever get that C: drive (partition) re-formatted?

If you were local, I'd say, "bring it over here and I'll do it for you". I'm always set up for stuff like that. I do HD re-formats on my main PC all the time.
Usually it's a complete HD Wipe and Reformat, but sometimes it's just a single partition format.
External HD.JPG

I work with HD's, External, to my main PC, using extension cables. Here in this pic, I'm cloning one HD to another HD.
I do stuff like this so often, I don't even put the side panel on this PC. Very few PC shops have a setup as good as this. :)
Most of my work, like this, is done with "EaseUS Partition Master", run from the HD in my Main PC.

Cheers Mate!
TechnoMage :cool:
 

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    AMD 8 Core
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    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
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spapakons

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You don't have to worry. If you have a DVD or USB with Windows 8.1 setup, boot from that. Start Setup and you should be presented with all your disks and partitions. You should see your Windows partition. You can either select it and proceed without formatting, or select it, format it and then proceed. In the first case you are warned that the partition already has an operating system and it will be copied to folder Windows.old So you have all your data intact there, until you cleanup the disk or is done automatically after some days. In the second case it will be like a clean install (format), with the difference that all your data on other partitions are not touched.
 

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persius

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Hi

The problem was that my PC was actually at the end of its life cycle. It literally started dying from the inside. I ended up having to buy a new unit which now has Win 10. All problems solved.

Thanks for your time.
 

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spapakons

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The next goal is to install Windows 8.1 or even 7 on a modern computer. The greatest challenge would be to find drivers or to force 10 drivers on 8.1
 

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    Custom build
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    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum
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