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Windows 7: Would my 'User' files be deleted when I reformat my system partition


04 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Starter 32bit
 
 
Moved to D: 'User' files be deleted when I reformat C: partition?

Oh God, the title has a short character limit, I can't make myself very clear in the title. So, PLEASE READ my question.

I'm planning to re-install my OS and I'm backing-up my files. Right now my 'User' files (Desktop, Downloads, My Pictures, My Music, My Documents, and My Videos) are currently located in D: (I used the 'Location' tab in the properties to move each folder from C: to D: ) Now, my question is: Would my 'User' files that are currently located in D:, be deleted when I reformat and re-install my OS in my system partition (which is C: )?

This came into my mind because in my understanding of moving the 'User' files using the 'Location' tab, means that the files and folders are stored in D:, but still linked in C:

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04 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

If the files were not physically moved to the D partition they will be lost when you reformat the C partition.

One thing to consider, having separate partitions on the same drive does not guarantee your data is safe. If the hard drive fails everything is lost.
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