Formatting a single drive (C:) and keep (D:)

September 27, 2011 at 20:03:08
Specs: Windows XP
i am helping a friend with her computer and she has had some problems with virus and some unknown used up space in her hard drive (the drive is almost full but she barely has anything on it). I dont have alot of time as I am visiting from another country so a format of Drive C is probably the best way to go. she has alot of files on her D drive that she would like to keep (music, important files, etc etc) and i was wondering if its possible to

* Format drive C and reinstall windows xp without formatting drive D

I am hoping that i dont have to open up the computer and disconnect the drive. I tried to research on the internet on how to, some suggested that deleting and creating a partition C in the xp setup would be a solution but i am unsure what that does and if it will not format drive D in the setup. any help would be great thanks!


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September 27, 2011 at 20:31:57
laptop or desktop? Are you certain the nearly full partition is not a recovery partition??? If it is....that may be the quickest solution. Deleting the recovery partition would be a mistake so make sure this not the case....otherwise pretty simple. Is this one hard drive with 2 partitions or two hard drives??? In any event when you are doing the install it will ask you where to install it. It brings up the available drives and space. There you may also delete the partition (which I recommend as some viruses can survive a format), select the partition you wish to install on (c:) from what I gather and delete the partition.......d: will be left in tact no worries. When you delete the partition you will then CREATE the same partition you just deleted, so create the partition it will default to the largest space (of free space...what you just deleted).....so accept the default, format the partition and carry on with the install as normal. If you do not delete the partition you of course just select your c: drive and format......in any event the contents of d: should be quite safe. When finished you should have c and d back.

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