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Is It Necessary To Format My HDD?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by GoJoAGoGo, Oct 19, 2003.

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  1. GoJoAGoGo

    GoJoAGoGo Thread Starter

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    Hi:

    My O/S is Windows ME. I recently backed up my HDD with Norton Ghost and have the entire HDD stored on a set of CD-R.

    My question is if my HDD became corrupt would I have to format the HDD first, or could I restore the HDD with my backup set CD-R and not have to format? If I didn't format my HDD, would all the corrupted files be overwritten by the backup image or would bits and pieces of the corrupted files remain on the HDD?


    Thanks

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    The way ghost works is that it creates an exact image of your drive - including the partitioning and formating. So when you restore the images it recreates the partition/format info as well - although it can adapt to different size of hard drive and expand the size. So no you don't have to partition or format the harddrive just restore the image.
     
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    I use Ghost on a second HD and save all my stuff from C: to my ghost drive. I've done all kinds of stupid stuff, and it brough it all back from my ghost file on my second HD. This includes,install XP then I would bring back my ghost file which had ,ME. It worked fine for me. I think everybody should have a second HD, then use ghost to save what ya got. Then if ya have any kind of problems, you can bring back your system from ghost. I think its fantastic.
     
  4. GoJoAGoGo

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    Triple6 - prospect

    Thanks for the information. It's good to know I won't have to format my HDD if I need to restore it. Perhaps a 2nd HDD is in the near future.

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