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I have a gateway 510xl running the gateway version of windows, recently I was going to reinstall the operating system and realized that I dont have a driver cd. I have the operating system cd that came with the pc (blue gateway). My question is which drivers do I need to back up and reinstall (excluding the network card driver), in order to be able to go to the gateway website and download the rest of the drivers that are needed? I know that I can call gateway and get the CD but they want $35 dollars Plus Shipping for my copy. My second question would be if it is possible to install a second hard drive and back up my personal files on it and then "clean install" windows on my orginal and still be able to import my personal files back into windows? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the Long Post
 
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CRAZY1MG said:
My question is which drivers do I need to back up and reinstall (excluding the network card driver), in order to be able to go to the gateway website and download the rest of the drivers that are needed?
You want the chipset and network card drivers . . Video if the bad image bothers you.

You can also download all the drivers you need ( Chipset, Video, Network and sound ) and put those on a CD to use after the reinstall.

My second question would be if it is possible to install a second hard drive and back up my personal files on it and then "clean install" windows on my orginal and still be able to import my personal files back into windows? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the Long Post
Sure . . If you want to save your files and settings, you can use the XP Files and Settings Transfer (FAST) wizard to create an image of them and save to cd or other removable media. These are good guides to using the FAST wizard. Just be sure you have an up-to-date antivirus before you re-instate them!

Be sure to disconnect the second drive when you do the reinstall. . then reconnect it afterwards.

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_fstw.asp
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_repair_install.htm

Although FAST rarely causes problems, it can go screwy so it's a good idea to copy the files separately
 
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IMO . . reinstalling the old drivers after installing the operating system can be compared to taking a shower and puting the dirty underwear back on . . I much prefer to get the newest drivers for a fresh install
 
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