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    I have a computer which seems to have a corrupt Windows folder. I need to re-install Windows but do not want to reformat the drive as there is around 100 GB of data on it. I also do not want to re-install into the same folders.

    Is there a way which I can delete the Windows system folders, leaving just the data, then reboot using the Windows CD?

    Note that the computer's system drive is made up of two 80 GB hard drives in RAID0 (striping) setup. I thus need to use the mobo RAID drivers before I can boot off a boot CD and recognise the volume.
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    Re: Re-installing Windows XP

    Got a backup of the data?

    You could try running a repair install.

    Please note that this is the Windows Server forum - there is another forum for Windows XP. Thread flagged for moving.
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    • #3
      Re: Re-installing Windows XP

      As noted, we do have a Windows XP forum for this sort of post.

      IMHO, get a USB drive (dirt cheap these days) and copy all your data to that, verify and then format and reinstall the PC.

      Also note RAID 0 (RAID uh oh) is non-fault tolerant and will lose all your data if either drive fails, so you should be making regular backups anyway
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        Re: Re-installing Windows XP

        Does the PC boot? If so do what Ossian suggested. PC World were last week selling 1TB USB drives for 80 if you are in the UK, so it's not expensive.

        If the PC does not boot, as a last resort you can reinstall Windows on top of the old installation, purely to get the data off. I've tried this a few times and it works in as much as you can access the data but you almost always end up with an unstable Windows install.
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        • #5
          Re: Re-installing Windows XP

          Sorry for posting into the wrong topic.

          I created a BartPE CD and integrated the RAID drivers into the image which worked really well. I then renamed all the Windows system folders and am now re-installing WindowsXP to new folders.


          Thanks for all the suggestions.
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          • #6
            Re: Re-installing Windows XP

            Well done!
            I still recommend you do a data recovery and then a fresh install of Windows afterwards to make sure you are clean and virus free.
            Tom Jones
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