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Reformatting Win2k while keeping data?

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Is there a way to reformat my win2k while keeping our data intact?  What I mean is to wipe out our programs but keep our actual text files?  It will take a little too long to backup everything on our 30GB hdd.

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by:sunray_2003
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If you want to remove programs you can do reinstallation of the windows

Why cant you search for txt files going to search in windows 2000 , search for txt files ( if you want to keep only those)
and then take backup

But if you format you may lose all files and programs

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Reinstall Windows again, but in a different directory. (i.e.  c:\winnt2) Your program files will be clean.  

Get what you need backed up out of the old windows folder and remove the old c:\winnt dir.

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For future information, I usually create at least 2 partitions or have two disks:  ( a C:\ drive with the operating system and a D:\  drive with data files.) That way if I mess up the operating system or some hardware failure like a memory chip happens, I can fix things and at last resort reinstall the operating system on C:\  with a format.  But before you do this, you must be careful and consider how to reinstall Active Directory, FSMO roles, DNS server, DHCP server, WINS server, SQL server etc.  There are a lot of things to consider, if it is a one computer system with active directory, you will lose all the user profiles, your groups, the permissions on user directories, etc.  

And most importantly, I would be really really really careful about formatting a live system disk without a backup, in fact, I would not do it.  It is not good business to not have backups of data on a live system and especially when formatting a disk.  Without knowing why you want to install a new system it is hard to tell you what to do.  If your disk is unhealthy or some other hardware component is giving you fits, formatting a disk may make all partitions bad and you will lose the data.  I cannot put more emphasis on the fact that, if the data is worth keeping, it is well worth the extra time to backup the data.

Sorry, but without knowing more, it is very difficult to tell you what exactly to do.

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by:patrick24
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just reinstall it by booting from tht CD, it will detect existing w2k OS and will prompt you which directory you want to install, you can install to another directory instead of the efault 'winnt' , but if you choose to install 'winnt' directory, it will remove the existing OS and install a new OS ;)

but backup is still highly recommeded. remeber, you anything go wrong you lost all data .

cheers
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sorry...for my poor english :)

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