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Old 01-17-2009, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default If restore to factory settings, will I have to reformat my 2nd SATA HD?

I want to do a clean factory install on my PC, but you know how when you have to format an additional SATA HD the first time you use it with your computer? If I restore to factory settings, will i have to do that again (and therefore lose all my data)? or will it just be recognised instantly in my computer?

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It will be fine second time round.


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If you are using the restore disc's/partition that came with a prebuilt system it might involve formatting the hard drive. It's been a while since I used them so I'm not sure but it would be a good idea to back up your data just in case.

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Default Re: If restore to factory settings, will I have to reformat my 2nd SATA HD?

Just unplug your second drive... do the system restore, update windows and all that, then plug the second drive back in... since it's already formatted for windows, it will see it and all will be good in the world.

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