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Windows 7: How to reinstall Win 7 without losing data

21 Apr 2015   #11
wooleysdad

Windows 7 64 bit SP 1
 
 

Joseph K wrote "I ALWAYS put the OS in it's own partition separate from data". Does this mean install Windows on one partition and everything else (programs, documents) on another one? Thanks, Eliot


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21 Apr 2015   #12
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Unless you are short on disk space there is little reason to put applications on other than the OS partition. Having data on a separate partition allows a reinstall without touching your data. But if you reinstall the OS most of your applications will have to be reinstalled anyway. Having applications on a separate drive will impair performance somewhat if you are using a conventional drive.

A problem with multiple partitions is that no matter how careful you are in selecting sizes it often happens that one partition becomes full while the other(s) have space to spare. Even experts get this wrong. Do not use partitions for organizational purposes. That is what folders are for.

Create as many partitions as you need, but no more.
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21 Apr 2015   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A separate data partition and frequent backups should be the default. People that lose important data due to a system failure are doing it to themselves.

Btw - we seem to have lost the OP too, LOL
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23 Apr 2015   #14
peteralcott

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

buy a portable hdd & u can save the drive data in external drive and format your hdd to make it new. assignthe disks you needed.
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