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Old 3rd September, 2004, 11:57 PM
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Installing WIndows....question...

Can you install windows to a drive that already has infromation on it without losing the info?
i's like to put a bootable copy of XP on a back-up drive, as the main drive is going to go soon...Western digitals always seem to die roght before, or right after the warranty expires.
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Yes, you can. I have done it several times. If there is already an installation of windows on there, you will need to install in a different directory, though, or you may screw some stuff up by importing the old registry settings.
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i never tried and i just wanted to hear from some who has done it before...
i've always jsut formatted and installed, since i use very little on a day to day basis, and replacing a registry is to archane for me.
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