My XP machine will have to have its OS reloaded. Firstly let me fill you in on the situation.
A while back I had a technician install a 2 TB drive onto my machine. I download heaps of lectures and instructional videos and, believe me, they chew up the gigabytes like popcorn. I also need the larger drive to edit my huge load of material.
Recently my browser became damaged. My system has defied all attempts at reloading the driver. It also has other problems that are causing havoc. The only solution seems to be to reload XP, then work from there at reinstalling my files/folders and my browser, etc.
My computer came with a set of recovery discs. Before I attempt anything, would those discs work equally well on such a large drive? My original drive was around 120 GB. Trying to contact the manfacturer of the computer is a waste of time. You get no response.
I also want some advice on backing up my important files before I attempt a reloadiing of the OS. I don't have a backup program and will backup my files/folders manually by dragging and dropping them into an external drive. Can somebody please give me a checklist of the important stuff that I will have to save such as drivers, etc?
(I also have another machine that runs Vista. Its operating system is damaged too. I'm not having much luck with Windows.)
Thanks for your time.