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Invisibledblaney
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Delete everything but sys files?
    #4267822 - 06/07/05 03:04 PM (12 years, 18 days ago)

I want to backup my computer and reformat the disk. However, I'm not sure if I have the OS CD anymore, and activation is a bitch anyways. Is there any way to delete everything but the system files? Or should I just do it all manually?


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Re: Delete everything but sys files? [Re: dblaney]
    #4268230 - 06/07/05 04:10 PM (12 years, 18 days ago)

once you reformat, your old system is gone and will have to be installed from scratch. depending on the size of your hard drive, you could use something like partition magic to make a second partition at the end of your h/d and install a new version of your OS there. then you can delete anything you want from your first partition yet still drag the things you need to the second.


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Invisibledblaney
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Re: Delete everything but sys files? [Re: automan]
    #4268311 - 06/07/05 04:21 PM (12 years, 18 days ago)

Yeah, I'm thinking that reformating would be too much of a hassle. So right now I think what I'll do is use Norton Wipe to clear my hard drive of everything except the system and OS files. Does that sound feasable?

Also, I like your signature, Bohr was brilliant.


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"What is in us that turns a deaf ear to the cries of human suffering?"

"Belief is a beautiful armor
But makes for the heaviest sword"
- John Mayer

Making the noise "penicillin" is no substitute for actually taking penicillin.

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." -Abraham Lincoln


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