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Disconnecting and reconnecting secondary hard disk drive

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  1. ezz

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    As my computer has become increasingly unstable I intend to use the manufacturer's restore discs and start again from scratch. I have a secondary hard disk installed which is used exclusively for data storage. I do not wish to lose this data (most of it is backed up on CD/DVD but it would be a real hassle to reload and reorganise it all).

    When I reinstall Windows will it ignore the secondary drive and just reformat to the C: drive?

    Being of a nervous disposition I thought of disconnecting the secondary drive before the reinstall and reconnecting after I had got the main drive sorted. What will happen on reconnecting the secondary drive? Will all data still be intact and accessible?
     
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    I think that after you get the main drive sorted, you should just restart with the second drive connected, and it should be intact... That is unless there are some drivers on your main drive that are essential to it's working...
     
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    Thanks Nightfirecat. I don't think there are any drivers on the main drive required to run the 2ry drive. It was a straight forward plug-and-play installation.
     
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    Its always a good idea to remove any extra hard drives from the system when doing an install. That way there is no chance of formatting the wrong drive.
    Shutdown, remove the power and data cables from the second hard drive. Reboot with the restore cds. Then once you are all setup, shutdown, and reattach the second hard drive.
     
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    Thanks Matty. You guessed my biggest fear - formatting the wrong drive. Second biggest fear is not retrieving what is on the 2ry drive.
     
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