Hdd help

By RedFox911
Dec 26, 2007
  1. Ok my current hard drive is partitioned into 2 drives, drive c and drive d, On drive c is where i installed windows and i have all my programs, on drive d i just backup all my photo files and some passwords/ music.

    I want to format my current hdd and my question is, is there a way to format it and only format the drive C wich has windows on it, and keep drive D unformated? What i would like to be able to do is get all my pictures off drive d after i re-enstall windows on drive c.

    WIll formatting DELETE both partitions??
  2. davidbugeja

    davidbugeja TS Rookie

    Hi There,

    No it will NOT format all partitions! That is the advantage of partitioning! I use it all the time and have about 10 partitions on my system.

    All you have to do is boot up from the Windows XP and at the format stage it will ask you to select a partition to place the windows on (Of course this partition will be formatted). Just select Drive C: and everything, on Drive D will remain untouched.

    In order to install Windows XP just insert the CD-Rom and from the BIOS select the CD Drive as the 1st Boot Priority. After which you will be asked to press any key in order to boot from CD and once done you will be presented with the installation wizard which will format your Partition C and install windows on it.

    Goodluck and let me know if you need any other help!
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    the system files will be on d drive after a format and install
    as follows
    at prompt delete partition c
    at prompt format same
    at prompt install OS
    if you leave the d drive undeleted it will become the system drive
    your boot ini will be placed there
    just for giggles try it and let us know
    this will not hurt your system,may slow it down
    I just find it annoying and untidy
    if you can I suggest saving your data somewhere and deleting all partitions and rebuilding same
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