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Is XP repair or update Win 98 to XP safer for data on disk

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by asd123321, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. asd123321

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    XP is broken. Is there some danger in the XP repair process to files on that drive so it would be better to put Win 98 on it from other drive and update it to XP as I did before. What about deleting XP and starting from nothing. THe most important thing is avoiding what would have the most risk of it wiping out the data on the drive.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    There is simply no process to do what you want that will not endanger the data on the hard drive.

    Data on the hard drive only, where no backup exists, is data that you do not care about.

    Slave the drive to another PC and backup the data before you do anything.

    "Putting Win98 on it" would certainly kill all the data as it would have to reformat from NTFS to FAT32. Repair may well also kill the data if the WIndows file structure is damaged.

    Salvage what you can now.
     
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