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19 Oct 2012   #
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can try partition-specific wipe using Partition Wizard - Use the Bootable CD.

In that case I'd resize enough space at the right end of the HD to store data, then wipe the preceding partitions, repartition for Win7 and XP, boot XP CD to full format the XP partition and install, then boot Win7 DVD to format and install to its partition. Take care not to touch the data partition.

Be aware this is not a truly safe way to backup data, which should always be backed up elsewhere.
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