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October 25, 2013 2:52:39 PM

Windows Update recently bricked the operating system on my HDD, and since it needed completely reinstalling anyway, I figured it would be a good idea to install the new OS on my SSD, which I had been using as a cache drive. This went smoothly and I am now running nicely from my SSD, and I have my user files and several programs installed and running off the HDD. However my HDD is still suffereing from the ghost of my old OS, and it is causing me all kinds of problems.

I have managed to remove the boot files and Windows folder from the old drive, remove it from the list of OSs on my computer, add my user account as the owner of the drive and given myself all the permissions I can, however It is still blocking me from deleting old folders from the root folder of the HDD and preventing me from installing some programs properly.
I think Windows is still recognising the HDD as an bootable OS drive, so I cannot get the permissions to do what I need to do on it. I will probably have to re-format the drive and the copy back over my programs and files.

So my question is that is it possible to format the HDD and then just copy my program folders back on to the HDD and not have to re-install them? The programs are running fine(ish) off the HDD at the minute, so is there anything stopping them from running on a re-formatted HDD with the same file names and in the same loactions? If they could it could save me quite a bit of hassle.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any responses! :) 
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October 25, 2013 3:36:32 PM

Reinstall all old Apps.
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October 27, 2013 11:40:33 AM

anonymous1 said:
Reinstall all old Apps.


Thanks for your help.
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October 29, 2013 8:38:35 AM

Anyone have any useful advice or should I just try it?
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October 29, 2013 3:16:32 PM

mattd284 said:
(SNIP)....

So my question is that is it possible to format the HDD and then just copy my program folders back on to the HDD and not have to re-install them? The programs are running fine(ish) off the HDD at the minute, so is there anything stopping them from running on a re-formatted HDD with the same file names and in the same loactions? If they could it could save me quite a bit of hassle.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any responses! :) 


So, if things are running "fine(ish)" on the HDD now, I can see no reason for this to change if you simply backup and restore the files to the same locations on the partition(s) with the same letter(s).

I say go for it!

Yogi

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October 29, 2013 3:21:29 PM

Y0GI said:
mattd284 said:
(SNIP)....

So my question is that is it possible to format the HDD and then just copy my program folders back on to the HDD and not have to re-install them? The programs are running fine(ish) off the HDD at the minute, so is there anything stopping them from running on a re-formatted HDD with the same file names and in the same loactions? If they could it could save me quite a bit of hassle.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any responses! :) 


So, if things are running "fine(ish)" on the HDD now, I can see no reason for this to change if you simply backup and restore the files to the same locations on the partition(s) with the same letter(s).

I say go for it!

Yogi



Ok thanks, I will do it tomorrow after a backup.
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October 29, 2013 3:26:48 PM

mattd284 said:
Y0GI said:
mattd284 said:
(SNIP)....

So my question is that is it possible to format the HDD and then just copy my program folders back on to the HDD and not have to re-install them? The programs are running fine(ish) off the HDD at the minute, so is there anything stopping them from running on a re-formatted HDD with the same file names and in the same loactions? If they could it could save me quite a bit of hassle.

Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any responses! :) 


So, if things are running "fine(ish)" on the HDD now, I can see no reason for this to change if you simply backup and restore the files to the same locations on the partition(s) with the same letter(s).

I say go for it!

Yogi



Ok thanks, I will do it tomorrow after a backup.


You're welcome!

Good luck and let us know how you make out!

Yogi

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October 31, 2013 1:26:48 PM

Worked perfectly, thanks for your advice! :) 
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October 31, 2013 1:34:34 PM

mattd284 said:
Worked perfectly, thanks for your advice! :) 


You're welcome! Glad to see that it worked for you!

Yogi

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