Reinstalled Windows and it cleared my hard drive!!

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  1. William Ward

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    ARGH!!!!!!!

    I had an error message when I booted my computer on the explorer.exe file. It said I had to reinstall windows. Little did I know that it would erase everything on my hard drive. AUGH this sucks.

    Does anyone have the URL for RamBooster or Download Accelerator. That Download Accelerator was a life saver being that I'm on kick-off happy AOL.

    Thanks.....
     
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    Just reinstalling Windows would not in itself wipe your entire hard drive unless you're using one of those 'restore' CDs supplied with pre-built systems from manufacturers such as Dell or Compaq.

    What version of Windows are you using and how did you go about 'reinstalling'? I know it doesn't help much now but it might be useful to know incase the same situation comes up again.
     
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    Probably your harddisc was inaccessible to begin with - and hence the request to reinstall Windows.

    Cees
     
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    Rob: System Restoration Kit was exactly what I used.

    Thanks for the links....

    Man this stinks!
     
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    William,

    Yup, that System Restore disc would have been what cleared everything off your HDD.

    (If something was wrong with your hard drive anyways though, even with a real Win CD you'd have to clear everything)
     
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    I would also recommend using a program like Partition Magic to partition Windows onto another drive letter (IE: Windows on the C drive, files on the D drive). That way you can uninstall windows to your heart's content and your files would still be fine.
    mine is...
    C drive - Windows
    D drive - MP3s
    E drive - Misc
    F drive - Games
    G drive - DVDROM
    H drive - CDRW
    ...of course, that could get confusing for some people [​IMG]
     

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