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deano87
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3rd Sep 08 at 15:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Might have to reformat my HDD. However, I'd like to keep 'My Documents' as it contains all my music and such. I have a genuine XP Pro disc.

Is it possible to reformat but keeping stuff using the non-geek/technical format method?
AdZ9
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3rd Sep 08 at 15:46   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Just copy/paste your "My Doc's" to a USB Pen/External HDD or something

Only way i can think of doing it
deano87
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3rd Sep 08 at 15:51   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I know to do that and it is what I would have done. I'm sure there is a way of saving it though, especially as it won't be a new HDD.

Hmmm.
ed
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3rd Sep 08 at 15:54   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If you're not replacing the HDD why do you need to re-format the disk?
deano87
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3rd Sep 08 at 16:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Because a virus/trojan has taken hold which I cannot get rid of.
ed
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3rd Sep 08 at 16:11   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I can guarantee you that it can be repaired without wiping everything.
pow
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3rd Sep 08 at 16:20   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ed yes you can, but sometimes it is better to start afresh
dannymccann
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3rd Sep 08 at 16:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Deano whats wrong with just copying and pasting it to another storage media? Yes there probly are ways of saving it, but its much less risky transferring it completely
deano87
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3rd Sep 08 at 16:39   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

What's wrong? There is shit loads of it

If I can't get rid of the virus, it looks like I'll be reformatting. Yippeee.
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3rd Sep 08 at 17:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Deano how much GB of data are we talking?.
deano87
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3rd Sep 08 at 17:19   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

74.2GB



I'm just being lazy.
_Allan_
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3rd Sep 08 at 17:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Buy or borrow an external hardrive or get a second HD. You can get an 80GB drive for about 20 or spend more and go for a bigger drive. Transfer all your data and wipe your exisiting drive.
deano87
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3rd Sep 08 at 17:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Got an external. Just thought there was a way of keep 'My Documents'.

It looks like I will just do it this way. The virus or what ever it is is really well hidden. AVG won't find it, yet the problems disappear in Safe Mode.
Ian
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Just copy the stuff off and do a clean install. Least messing.


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pow
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3rd Sep 08 at 21:06   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Ideally you should have a data drive
Jules
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4th Sep 08 at 11:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Get a pack of DVDR's and back it up onto a few of them, format, job done
johnhara1
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4th Sep 08 at 14:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Partition Magic

Creat a 2nd Partition to use as "My Documents"

Format C:


 
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