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Does installing a new OS wipe my HD?

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April 28, 2012 7:28:50 AM

Hey, does installing a new OS wipe the harddrive?

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April 28, 2012 7:35:15 AM

Yes, when you install a new OS into any harddrive of your computer than must to wipe your full drive. Evolis Card Printers
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April 28, 2012 7:39:23 AM

It depends on the operating system. Older versions of Windows can be installed on top of previous installations. In Windows Vista and Windows 7 folders that would be overwritten (Windows, Program Files, Users, etc...) will be moved to a backup folder.

Installing an OS without wiping the hard drive is not recommended however.
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April 28, 2012 7:44:16 AM

windows 7 can make a new OS ontop of your old one, and it will make your old data renamed into like windows.old/programs.old etc. So you will not lose it if you select the option install on existing
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April 28, 2012 8:09:23 AM

It will go into a windows.old file. Experienced it before fixing my windows vista a few years back. to avoid problems, you either have to use a different hdd or partition the current one.
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