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Windows 7: XP to Win7: Extra drive ?


30 Aug 2009   #1

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XP to Win7: Extra drive ?

Hello all. I am planning on upgrading from XP to Windows 7 Professional fairly soon. I know that it performs a clean install and that I need to back up my C drive.

My question is in regards to my secondary hardrive. Will the clean install also wipe the second hardrive or will it leave it untouched? Basically, can I back up my C drive onto the secondary drive without fear of losing it all?

I would assume it would leave the second drive alone but I couldn't find any info and thus, why I am here asking. Thanks for any help!!!

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30 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pradical View Post
Hello all. I am planning on upgrading from XP to Windows 7 Professional fairly soon. I know that it performs a clean install and that I need to back up my C drive.

My question is in regards to my secondary hardrive. Will the clean install also wipe the second hardrive or will it leave it untouched? Basically, can I back up my C drive onto the secondary drive without fear of losing it all?

I would assume it would leave the second drive alone but I couldn't find any info and thus, why I am here asking. Thanks for any help!!!
As far as I know it only wipes out what you tell it too (in this case, the partition Windows XP is installed on).

I usually just make a new partition on my laptop hard drive, called Back-Up, and save a back-up there before reinstalling.
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31 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

For what it is worth, for a clean install, disconnect the power lead to the second drive. I always did this even with XP reason being that sometimes for some unknown reason the clean install would not be on the partition I designated. By disconneting the power from the second drive, eliminated the problem.
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31 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I got 3 hard drives, 2 being in raid0 and 1 is nonraid.
I wanted to install xp on my 3rd drive that is not on raid (turned raid off from bios first), so i went on and booted from cd, chose my 3rd drive and pressed enter.
It said it's unknown file system even though it was ntfs... so I went like hmm well what the hell, and pressed ok to format it.

I found out the install tried to format my raid disk, which didnt work for some reason, so i unplugged the raid drives for it to work.

My point is, never trust windows xp install :P
Unplug other drives.
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01 Sep 2009   #5

XP
 
 

Awesome, thanks guys!

I will indeed disconnect the second drive. No use risking the lose of my backup when I don't have to
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