Originally Posted by saintpat86
Ok, so let me make sure I get this straight and ask few more questions.
1.) a "clean" install will format my HD in the process and all the junk will be wiped away
2.) My HD is partitioned into a "c:/" and a "d:/," which serves as a backup location.
--If I were to attempt this, wouldn't it just recover all the junk from the backup?
--Should I format the backup drive first?
--Can I un-partition my HD?
I'm really not a technotard, I just tend to have bad luck when I tinker so I want to make sure I have everything right before I touch anything.
When installing Windows XP / Vista, you choose one partition to install the OS on to. If you have more than one partition, the other partitions will be unaffected during the clean install, meaning that once the OS is installed and you're logged into the desktop, you'll be able to gain access to the files on those other partitions.
So, a clean install won't format the hard drive as such, but will format the Operating System partition.
However, during the setup process, you can choose which partitions to resize or delete.