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    Windows XP re-install question

    I think i've buggered up Windows XP on my PC - I get a lot of BSOD's now that I never used to get and I cannot figure out what led to these.

    I have two separate hard drives (SATA, non-raid): C: and D:, both NTFS format.

    Windows is on the C: drive. If I blow away Windows on the C: drive then would re-installing it cause any problems with the data on the D: drive (as that drive is NTFS format)? I hope not...

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    you can disable the 2nd harddrive in bios first before going into installation if you want to play safe.
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    You will be fine, I have a similar set-up and have reinstalled XP many times without a problem.

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    Okay, thanks for the replies. I've re-installed many times before but both drives were FAT32 format then and I had no problems. They're both NTFS now. I wasn't sure if a fresh install of XP would be able to read the NTFS filesystem on the existing drive D.

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    It should be ok

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    I had a similar situation, however I just had 2 partitions, I re-installed XP and kept all my data on the second partition, most programs that I had installed on the D drive didn't work (mostly games) but everything was still there, so I don't see why it wouldn't be there when using a second HDD.
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    Yes it will be fine

    You will need to re-install all your applications, but all you data will still be there. NTFS is WindowsXP's preferred file system, so it will be able to read it easily.

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    Make sure the data is accessable by other uses otherwise the new operating system wont have the same priviledges to access it.

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    I only have one user, myself, and I have Admin rights so I hope that will be okay. The one thing I have done is set the properties of 'My Documents' to D:\ to make rebuilds easier as there is less data to backup.

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    I would also just like to say be careful in case you've any files encrypted using EFS since I believe that you won't be able to decrypt them after you reinstall (not without a "recovery agent" [is that the right term?] anyway).
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    Thanks for all the advice, once again. I don't have any files encrypted, just bog-standard NTFS so I reckon I should be okay. I'll back up important stuff to my external hard drive (FAT32) just in case.

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    NP, I was just saying that because I forgot about that and found out the hard way

    Good idea - good luck
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