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Upgrading to Windows 8.1, deleting my files?

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November 20, 2013 8:57:19 AM

Hi, I want to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7, but when I want to I only get the choice between "Keep documents" (Which deletes all other files) and "nothing". Does this mean that all the data from my other hard drives (disk D and F) will be deleted too? I want to keep as much data as possible.

Thanks.
November 21, 2013 7:39:30 PM

Alright guys, to be on the safe side what I did is I backed up all my data to my F:\ drive (which is 2tb) and I boot into the windows disk and made sure I was installing windows 8 onto my primary hard drive manually. It also created a Windows.old folder on my PC, but I removed that other so I could use the migration tool.

If you do not get the option to "upgrade", I would strongly recommend installing by booting to the disk, since that way you know you are only wiping the drive you choose.

Hope everything turns out okay.

- TopCat
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November 21, 2013 7:52:16 PM

If the data drive is a separated drive and not a partition on the system drive. It's best to physically disconnect it, that way it won't accidentally get format it and Windows won't automatically do something to it it during the upgrade. When everything is done, then plug the old drive back.
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November 21, 2013 8:13:10 PM

get an external hard drive, backup all your files and other important folders, etc. Create a system image just in case and save it to your external HDD. It doesnt hurt to quickly create a system restore point too. Thats all i got, for now lol
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