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Windows 7: Question about recovery and formatting

27 Aug 2012   #1

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Question about recovery and formatting

I bought a dell laptop 2years back. It was shipped with Windows Vista in C drive and a Recovery drive.
I split C drive into C, D and E drives according to my requirements.
Now I want to format my laptop.
Question: If I install windows again from dell recovery drive, will it combine erase data from all drives and combine them or it will erase and re-install windows on my C drive keeping rest of them as it is.

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27 Aug 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

As far as I know, you will revert to the condition as shipped from Dell: C and recovery partitions.

So, you would need to separately back up your personal stuff from C, D, and E beforehand.

Better yet, don't do a recovery. Do a clean install.
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27 Aug 2012   #3


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27 Aug 2012   #4
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Hello coolprateek2007, welcome to Seven Forums!

This tutorial linked below goes into detail on getting a clean install with a Vista factory PC.

Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key

Note   Note

Vista users, click here to view important information concerning the Vista process.

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