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Windows 7: clean install -2 drives


26 Oct 2009   #1

windows xp home
 
 
clean install -2 drives

Hi , new to forum and my first post. Presently running XP home, want to install Win 7 Home Premium. I have two internal drives , one [c drive has all the programs] the second drive [d has all the documents, pics data]
Can I safely do a clean install on c-drive without backing up the data on d-drive.
thanks for any help.

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26 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi bman55 and welcome to SevenForums

Yes, you should be able to install onto C: without affecting D: without any problems, however, see this thread
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26 Oct 2009   #3

windows 7 pro 64 bits
 
 

I have the same preoccupation, as I'm ready to install Windows 7, I'd like to be sure I won't lose my 500gig of data on my D:, should I just remove it from the tower before installing Windows 7???
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26 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, you can remove the drive if it makes you feel better.
I'm 99.9% sure nothing will happen to your data on D: if you're installing on C:
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26 Oct 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

JP: Simplest thing to do in your situation if you are worried would be to open the case and disconnect the power cable from your D drive so it can't spin. If it can't spin, nothing can install to it. No need to fully remove the drive. I say that only as a precaution. If it were me personally, I would just dive in and make SURE that I chose the current C drive as the destination for the new install.
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27 Oct 2009   #6

windows 7 pro 64 bits
 
 

I just disconnect the sata cable
one weird thing it did not ask me to format, it created a windows.OLD for the windows file and deleted the program files but it did not touch to My Documents at all nor my torrents
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27 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

You have to boot from the Windows 7 Upgrade installer in order to use Custom>Advanced tools that can delete/create/format. Starting the install from your XP drive only allows you to do a Custom clean install which overwrites your currrent XP (putting files in the windows.old file) or direct the install to another partition or drive.

If you want a cleaner install, you can always boot from the installer and do a Custom clean install with formatting after backing up your files: Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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27 Oct 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bman55 View Post
Hi , new to forum and my first post. Presently running XP home, want to install Win 7 Home Premium. I have two internal drives , one [c drive has all the programs] the second drive [d has all the documents, pics data]
Can I safely do a clean install on c-drive without backing up the data on d-drive.
thanks for any help.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JP83 View Post
I just disconnect the sata cable
one weird thing it did not ask me to format, it created a windows.OLD for the windows file and deleted the program files but it did not touch to My Documents at all nor my torrents
Welcome to Seven Forums bman55.

There is a good tutorial on Clean Installation with Windows 7 that will explain the procedure. In step #7&8 it will show you how to get to the format option.

For other tutorials on Windows 7 installation see the sticky thread Tutorial quick reference list for Installing Windows 7, there are many tutorials that will help with all the installation processes.
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27 Oct 2009   #9

windows xp home
 
 
Thanks

Thanks to all that replied to my questions.
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