Hey peeps. I was looking for some information regarding the reformat/clean install of windows 7 in my system.
I will add a new motherboard, and I thought it would be a good idea to start fresh, however I have a couple of questions..
I have two hard drives, one in which the motherboard is installed, and other one in which a couple of games, and files are stored, but there are no system files. And the drives are not in any RAID array.
Can I use my second drive as a backup drive even though it is internal?
Would I need to remove it from my computer before I reformat?
If I don't need to remove it, can I just reformat the main drive in which windows 7 is installed and leave the second drive alone?
What would be the recommended process to follow? I'm a little err.. worried about the outcome, since I have plenty of applications I've spent days trying to configure correctly, so I would like to have a backup that leaves my system as close as it was before the clean install.
I've heard sysprep does something similar, but what are the benefits/risks of sysprep in comparison to a reformat? My startup has been slower than usual, and my drivers
would appreciate a clean start.
Could I consider sysprep a reformat but one that does not affect my files?