Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign
I have a four month old HTPC that I started with XP and went immediately to Win 7 Ultimate RC. Then I installed three additional interal hard drives for media storage. Now I would like to install the Win 7 Home Premium upgrade. I would like to save about 12 mkv movies and the license for Power DVD.
1> Am I correct that I will need to revert to XP and if so how do I do that?
2> Am I correct that nothing on the 3 storage interal hard drives will be available after reverting to XP and then installing Win 7 on the boot drive.
3> Am I correct that I will need to purchase an external hard drive if I want to save anything from my current system?
My answers are based on your "storage drives" being just that: simple NTFS-formatted storage drives with the OS drive being separate (In other words, you have 4 hard drives total). Did you do anything funky to set up those 3 drives? Encryption? RAID? Anything like that?
1. As far as I know, yes. You will need to format the main OS drive, completely reinstall XP, then "upgrade" to Win7.
2. No. Why would it be lost? They'll simply show up as the same storage drives once Win7 (or any new OS) is up and running again. The only drive that should be effected by the OS installations is the OS drive itself.
3. No. Backup whatever you need to on any one of the storage (non-OS) drives, unplug them, reinstall the OS' on the main drive. Once everything is finished, reconnect the storage drives.
Now, if your OS is installed onto one of those three drives, then yes, that data from that drive will be lost when you format that one drive. If that's the case, then you'll need to move whatever is stored there, along with whatever application configuration files you wish to port over, documents, pictures, etc, to one of the other two drives.
Please list each drive, what's on it, and how you set each one up when you first connected them.