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    Want to format my pc but have to my data to lose :(

    Hi i want to reformat my acer pc but have alot of stuff on the hard drive that i dotn want to lose and would also take ages to save to disk,is there any other way i can format the hard drive fresh without losing my stuff?

    thanks

    ps:im using vista

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    use a external or other harddrive copy all the files you want to keep

    or

    parition the current harddrive into two, copy all the stuff you want to second partition then format first with vista then copy all back...

    thats what i did.. just dragged all my stuff to an external hard drive

    buy an internal/external hard drive & copy the contents you want to keep onto it.
    then just re-install Vista as per usual.

    its the best solution imo.

    Then when you re-install vista partition the drive into two sections (around 30gb for the OS and programme files the rest for documents etc. Makes life so much easier as you can quickly format re-install in future without having to worry about documents, music, photo's etc although its a good idea to back files up regularly anyway which I do to disc and store elsewhere (parents safe)

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    when i bought my pc it shows as the hd partitioned into two and its still show as that so maybe i could put all the stuff i want to save to one of the partitions?

    Hi,
    In response to your original question, you can't format a partition and keep the files on it - a format is a complete erase of the partition.
    As mentioned by others, you can backup to a second partition, and just be careful when formatting to select the partition without the backups.

    Another way is in Vista. You can go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. This will allow you to Shrink your existing partition and therefore make room for another. To do this there's an excellent tutorial ]here

    Sorry, I went away whilst writing this reply and read your latest post saying that you already have two partitions, in which case it should be safe to backup to one of them, and format the other one. Just bear in mind that you backup to the one which doesn't have Windows on it. The one with Windows is usually labelled 'OS' or 'Vista' or 'Windows' in My Computer.

    If it is an Acer like mine then there is a huge chance that you have your system install files on partition 'D'. Don't mess around with any files on that partition. Just make a new folder on 'D' and drag your data to that folder only. Then you can go to Acer's 'Empowering Technology' and click on 'Acer eRecovery Manager', enter six zeros as password and format 'C' drive from there. I regret buying a windows laptop after reformatting the HDD yet again. It is still showing three Trojans on virus scan even after the formatting. **** technology. I bought an iMac in 2001 only 512 mb Ram, 20 GB HDD. Never ever had to format it and kids still use it every day. Never thought of a virus on it. This virus thingy should have been enough to persuade me to buy a Macbook. I regret buying this piece of junk. Wasted £580 on it a year ago. Should I sell it?

    Hi, i know what this may seem like but i just stumbled accross this thead looking for a deal :-) but i run my own business doing repair work for pc's and although hi dont usually work in this manner, i could do this for you if you were willing to cover postage costs to and fro and as im not visiting your house i could do it at a much reduced rate costing you 40 with postage should be about 65 all in i woud think. but its not a very difficult task and im sure you could do it yourself

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    Hi, i know what this may seem like but i just stumbled accross this thead … Hi, i know what this may seem like but i just stumbled accross this thead looking for a deal :-) but i run my own business doing repair work for pc's and although hi dont usually work in this manner, i could do this for you if you were willing to cover postage costs to and fro and as im not visiting your house i could do it at a much reduced rate costing you 40 with postage should be about 65 all in i woud think. but its not a very difficult task and im sure you could do it yourself



    no thanks im sure i can do it myself for free

    To be honest I'd highly recommend purchasing an external hard drive to back up your data anyway - it would make it easier for rebuilding and also it means you're covered if the hard drive physically fails. Microsoft have a very useful free piece of software called Synctoy which can automatically back up any folders you ask it to, alternatively Acronis can take a complete image of your drive which you can extract files from afterwards.

    John
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