My laptop is currently running vista, I want to do a clean install of windows 7 because there is just too much crap gathered over the years I've been using it. I backed up all my data on the second hard drive in my laptop, doing a clean install will not erase the data on the second hard drive, right?
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Just boot off the cd. The menu should walk you through it. Just format the Vista partition and install it there.
If u do the clean installation in the proper way, ur data will be safe. Just boot from the DVD, and select the partition where u have currently installed Win Vista.