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    Should I remove G: Drive beforereformatting?

    Hi,

    I have been told that I have a corrupted file(s) in my Windows 7 Professional operating system. Before reformatting my C: drive and installing anew Windows 7 Professional, should I remove from my laptop my G: drive, which is an additional drive that I use to store data? Or is it OK to transfer all data on my G: drive to an external drive and then perform the reformatting of my C: drive and installation of the operating system again?

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    You should not need to remove the G: drive. Backing it up before starting an install is a GOOD idea just to be safe.

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    Moon,

    A little clarification. Do you have 2 physical drives in your laptop or 1 drive partitioned into 2 logical drives?
    In either case If you Image G: drive you should be fine. The re installation of Windows should have no effect on the G: drive, but an Image is always good insurance. IMHO
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    I have to second RG. Once you have reinstalled Win 7, reinstalled all your apps, customized the way you want, then PLEASE, image your HD. Then when ever you make changes, create new Up to Date Images. This way if disaster strikes again, in less than 10 minutes you can restore your OS. You can either store your images on a separate partition or as I do, on a separate ext USB HD.
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    I want to thank each of you for your responses. I am very relieved that I do not have to remove my G: drive from the laptop (it's a physically separate drive from my C: drive, RetireGeek). After reinstallation is completed, I will install and use Acronis True Image 2011 to image each of my hard drives.

    The very best....

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    Good Choice!
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