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How to reformat without loosing wanted data??

I need to reformat my e-machine desktop without deleting all my wanted data. I didn't use any partion software. Please provide assistance.

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  • Jeff Strader
    Jeff Strader May 11, 2010

    Hard to do unless the computer offers you a repair option in setup.

    problem is that if you partition or format the drive, it wipes it. and you lose all data. This should only be done if your having software problems with windows.

    If you have to reformat, you will need drivers for all hardware you've added and software that you've added since the computer was new.

    And, you should back up all you documents , address books , ETC to a cd or flash drive so you will have them for the new install

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Your best bet is to create a new partition and store all your data there, then format your current drive and install necessary OS software, once everything is installed move all your wanted data back over and then delete the entire partition you created.

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Hi redz38,

The safest way to accomplish this is to back up your files to an external hard drive or back them up on cd, thats assuming you still have the capability to do this. When perform DOS fdisk, you will lose everything on your drive, everything os data whatever. You don't need partition software with most current DOS editions. it will ask you what kind of partitioning you want. Again, I strongly suggest you back up any pertenent data you don't want to lose, by any means you have available to you. I hope this helped a little, if not, hit me back, we have other options i.e. hyperlink data transfers.

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Best way to do this would be one of two options.

First copy all your wanted data onto a CD / DVD (DVD RW best) and then once you've reformated your pc copy them back onto your desktop

The next option would be to buy an external harddrive. These are great because you can just move all the data you want back and force between your computer and external harddrive. This might be your best choice but it is a bit more costly

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