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Format my HDD or not?
Nov 2nd, 2008 at 9:52am
 
Hi there,

i have made an image of my HDD and saved it on a spare HDD in case something happens to my current copy of XP.

if windows XP crashes and i need to restore the image to my current HDD with the corrupted copy of XP, do i have to format that HDD first, or will Ghost.exe do that for me?

if ghost.exe does not format it for me and i dont format it myself, then what will happen if i restore the image? will the exsisting files remain there, such that i can just delete it after the restore? or is having 2 WINDOWS [root] folders going to cause problems?

Many thanks in advance.
 
 
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Re: Format my HDD or not?
Reply #1 - Nov 2nd, 2008 at 11:53am
 
You don't need  to do anything. Ghost over writes everything, including the MFT (Master File Table) if NTFS or FAT (File Allocation Table) if FAT32.

Over writing the MFT/FAT is equal to a quick format. A full format also checks the disk which is not necessary unless you suspect disk error.

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Reply #2 - Nov 2nd, 2008 at 1:16pm
 
i see.
thanks a lot for that.
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Re: Format my HDD or not?
Reply #3 - Nov 2nd, 2008 at 1:43pm
 
You're welcome ... Smiley ... !

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