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Do I need to reformat a partitioned HD after upgrades?

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February 6, 2006 4:42:27 PM

My question deals with reformating my entire partitioned hard drive after I have upgraded components on my PC.

I have a 3 partitioned hard drive at the moment. It has one drive for just windows stuff and utility software(Firewall, spyware, antivirus, diskeeper...). Then one for just music and documents and a third for Games and their files.

I have upgraded my:
Motherboard to an entirely new chipset(Nforce4)
Processor(3700+)
Ram to a new type(DDR 400) and size(2gb)
GPU(7800GT)
PSU(520w)

I plan to reuse my current HD but I am unsure as to how it will function with all these new parts if I don't reformat the entire hard drive and re-partition and reinstall everthing.

In a perfect situation I would only need to reformat my Windows drive and reinstall the utilities. With that I would not have to lose all my music(way to much to backup to something else 25gb) and games. I am just unsure if this will effect the performance of my games though.

(Best Option) -- So I know I will have to at the very least I will need to reformat my Windows partition?


(Okay Option) -- Reformat the Windows partition and the games partition for clean reinstalls, but leave the music/docs partition alone?

(Least desired option) -- Reformat the entire thing?

Thanks,
Kyle
February 6, 2006 5:21:25 PM

You should just need to reinstall Windows and all of your apps on whatever partition it is where those things are. You will need to reinstall your games as well.
Your other partitions (data partitions) do not need to be formatted.. just be careful not to erase the data partition when you pick the partition to install Windows on. :) 

In any case I'd backup your stuff before doing anything risky.
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