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Re-installing Windows XP (Serious Help Please)

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Gentlemen, I am in trouble. I have 2 Hard Drives... I have my whole flight sim plus about $600.00 dollars worth of add-on's on my raptor 70 gig drive with the OS on it... It seems I have somehow gotten some of my windows file's corrupt from something. I have a 250 gig Western Digital drive also I just bought before this (whew)... I have tried to do a recover and repair of my Win Xp and neither is working it is going to force me to re-install (advanced set-up or to that effect.) Which I will have to format my Hard drive with my Sim on it. I will be formatting it looks like tomorrow morning sometime. I did a windows backup of the whole C: to my New D:... My next question Is will I be able to recover all that info over to my fresh install on my raptor after I re-install my Win Xp over. Or instead of doing a backup of the whole C: with my windows OS on it that is acting funky. Should I just back everything up other than that... Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I just do not want to go through the #### of having to re-install all my add-on's one by one again. And looking for the key's etc etc... P.S. I would have posted this in hardware forum don't know what happened to it. Thanks Kindly, Josh

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I just went through the same problem, well sort of. I did an upgrade from Win98ME, to WinXP. In the process of installing a program, I had to do a restart. When the computer started up again, I ended up in a Scandisc loop. I had to swap HD's slave to master and start over from scratch with a new WinXP install. You don't really have any easy way except to start over with new O/S install on good HD, and then a fresh install of FS. You should be able to backup your files, to safe yourself from d/l'ing everything again. But you will have to reinstall files into FS. Don't forget to install the FS update before adding any files.Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like -M.Twain

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One little advice.When you are doing a reinstall of OS on your main drive, and have backups on another HD, unconnect that slave when installing OS.Anything can happen with saved files no mather where they are.I know!

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Hello, Thanks any advice is good advice for this kinda junk (yuk)... I am dreading doing this scared crapless and I hate building back from the bottom up. Happy Landings, Josh

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You don't have to reformat the C: drive to reinstall WinXP. I'd try reinstalling WinXP without reformatting.After all is said and done, probably a good idea to take the lesson to heart and move FS (and any other non-easily-replaceable software) to another partition.CheersBob ScottATP IMEL Gulfstream II-III-IV-VSantiago de Chile

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I've already been thru enough reinstalls to know that there really isn't another respectable alternative than reinstalling your setup. But I would like to make the suggestion that you invest the $50 for Norton Disk Doctor at this critical time. Sorry to say, Symantec, the new owner, no longer offer Norton Utilities as a stand-alone product. You gotta buy the whole package to get Doctor Norton, but since you mentioned CORRUPTED FILES, the warning flag should be up. If you think you have corrupted files, how to you propose to sort all this out?Are you planning to reinstall your flt sim setup using corrupted files? How will you sort out which is corrupted and which is not? If it

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