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18 Oct 2009   #1

Windows Vista
 
 
Windows 7 installation formats my other hard drives

I have windows vista ultimate 64bit and have 3 sata hard drives and very important information on 2 hard drives and vista on the other one drive letter as c:/. When installing windows 7 will it format all hard drives or is it the same installation as vista and only formats the drive I select as C:/?



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18 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

When installing an OS, the setup routine will only format the drive or partition that you select.
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18 Oct 2009   #3

 

?Windows 7 will not format your HDD unless you ask or tell it to.
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18 Oct 2009   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If those are really 3 hard drives (rather than 3 partitions), you can always unplug the other 2 drives (the physical cables or in the BIOS) to be 100% sure.
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18 Oct 2009   #5
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

First let me say, "Welcome To The Seven Forums."
Second: all the ideas presented here are great, but if you are still unsure then you can brows the SF Tutorials. There is a great deal of information in the tutorials for those who are looking for help with Win 7.

Also, if would, please fill in your "System Specs." This would be of great value to those who can help you later down the line if you should have any further questions. Thanks. Lee
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18 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No point in even worrying about it, to be honest. Just unplug them, and then you'll be sure. For the record, no they wouldn't be formatted, unless you directed the installer to do so.
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18 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

It would be nice to change the title of this thread since the information it presents is not correct, even for the OP. As it is, it might scare people.
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19 Oct 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

I just had this verified by MS MVP's on Technet: You can clean install upgrade to a primary formatted second hard drive just as though it is another partition. No other drives should be attached. Start the Upgrade from an activated XP/Vista/RC* drive and custom install to other drive, then remove the first drive and plug the second Windows 7 drive into it. If the bootloader is put on the first drive, run Startup repair.

*MS announced recently you can use the RC to launch Windows 7 upgrade for a clean install only. Be sure to image your final upgraded install since otherwise you will need to use XP or Vista to reinstall after RC expires in June.
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19 Oct 2009   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
It would be nice to change the title of this thread since the information it presents is not correct, even for the OP. As it is, it might scare people.

Could you explain that please.
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19 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Could you explain that please.
The title would lead a reader to believe that the Windows 7 installer formatted all of his connected hard drives. Given how Microsoft suffered from misinformation spreading around, a title change wouldn't be a bad idea.
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