Hi guys, I'm pretty noobish regarding fresh OS installs on partitioned hard drive so I was wondering if you could clear something up for me. Basically, I was wondering if I could keep all my files from other partitions on the hard drive if I do a fresh install of windows 7 on the partition I've designated for my OS. The reason I'm asking this is because I don't want to waste time backing up 1.5TB of storage content if I could just leave it on my hard drive during the fresh install. Thank you so much for the help in advance.
No problem there, I've done exactly the same thing. To give you a bit of background: I have XP 32bit running and wanted to try out the Win 7 RC, obviously without deleting any of my normal stuff since this would be a trial run only.
I used a brilliant (and free) partitioning app called GParted to create a separate 20GB partition out of the free space on my drive. I then installed Win 7 RC x64 onto this partition, and voila! Dual-boot XP and 7. I can play with 7 to my heart's content and still use XP as my primary OS.
No need to delete anything, although it's always a good idea to make backups in case something goes catastrophically wrong with the partitioning.