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How to re form a second hard drive without losing data

Last response: in Storage
November 14, 2011 8:37:32 PM

how to re form a second hard drive without losing data
a c 76 G Storage
November 14, 2011 9:06:30 PM

You can't reformast a hard disk without losing data.
November 14, 2011 9:24:27 PM

you could make a backup first....
or at a minimum simply copy your personal files to another disk before reformatting.
a c 329 G Storage
November 16, 2011 4:19:44 AM

Do you want to Format a second drive and NOT risk losing data on the FIRST drive? That is easy - it is the normal way things work. A Format is done ONLY on the drive you tell it to, not on ALL drives. So you must be careful to select the SECOND drive before issuing a Format command on it.

However, if you are asking how to Format the Second drive and not lose any data already on that SAME second drive, that is impossible. A Format wipes out all records of whatever data is on the drive and then re-writes several of the tracking files, so you cannot keep data on the same drive you are formatting.