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Solved: Will an upgrade wipe both my hard drives?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by sobroken, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. sobroken

    sobroken Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Running Win 7 64bit at the moment, but my husband just got Win 8 on a new PC and I really want to upgrade. I'd prefer to take the option of reformatting my hard drive and doing a nice clean install, so obviously I need to back up my files.

    My PC has two hard drives (actual physical hard drives, not a partition), one of which is an old one from a PC that had a mobo meltdown last year, and has Vista on it. Now I use it purely to store files, and obviously I never boot from it or anything like that.

    I've never done an OS upgrade before, so I'd like to know if it will reformat both drives, or just the one I currently have Win 7 on? If so, I will just back up to the second hard drive. If it will format both, I'll unplug the Vista HD and plug back in after Win 8 is functioning.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
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    it should not touch the 2nd harddrive as its a physical device - but you could always pull the power on it and add later
     
  3. sobroken

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    Thank you very much for your reply. That sounds like a good idea, I will pull the plug anyway just in case!
     
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    you may want to backup any data on the 2nd drive - any important data should be on at least 2 devices

    just in case powering the drive off - causes an issue on this occasion
     
  5. sobroken

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    Thank you - I did not know that might be an issue. I'll back it all up then on my external hard drive.

    Thanks again :)
     
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