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JAT
01-07-2014, 01:18 PM
My laptop was running vista. I had drive c and d and a recovery drive (about 15gb). My c drive was my os drive and my d was for all files I wanted
to save. After installing Win 8, it put all my files on c and named my recovery drive d. so in effect, all my space that I had on my d drive doesn't show up. I just don't know what to do now, please can anyone help?

bassfisher6522
01-07-2014, 01:28 PM
In order to install windows 8 on to a system with vista or XP, you have to do a clean install.

Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP - Microsoft Windows (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-from-windows-vista-xp-tutorial)

TechnoMage
01-07-2014, 02:47 PM
Hmmmm! Where have I heard that before?

JAT
01-08-2014, 10:53 AM
Dear Sir, I did a clean install, if by that you mean, format my c drive and do it again because when i did it, it took all of my data drive (d) and added it to my system drive (c). How do I prevent this from happening? TY sir, if you can give me any more info!

bassfisher6522
01-08-2014, 12:49 PM
Are these actually physical drives or just partitions of the C drive?

JAT
01-08-2014, 02:29 PM
These are physical drives. When I bought my laptop I had two drives 250gb each and a recovery drive. (c) (d) and (e) a 15gb recovery drive, I didn't think it would mess with my (d ) drive but, it used my (e) drive as a empty data drive and don't show my real data drive (d) at all. It just put all my data on (d) with the (c) drive. How do I reformat again to try and fix this situation without loosing my pics, apps, music, movies, etc?

bassfisher6522
01-08-2014, 03:56 PM
When doing the clean install, which requires a format that wipes the drive clean of all data, did you select the drive where to install the OS. If you didn't then by default it uses the drive labeled C. I for the life of me can't figure out how the other 2 drive where involved, being separate drives. What's the exact make and model of your laptop?

JAT
01-08-2014, 05:53 PM
No, it didn't ask about which drive I wanted to install it on.

I have a customized HP HDX18 Premium Series laptop

TechnoMage
01-08-2014, 07:19 PM
A very old rule of thumb, going back many years, is to back up your data before you do anything like upgrade your OS. Because, what would you do if your main hard drive just blew up...... like, Crashed. ???

Any hard drive is the worlds worse place to store valuable data, because it can crash at any moment of any day.

Rule #2.... whenever doing anything like installing an OS, or wiping a drive, make sure that you only have ONE drive visible to the Installer, or it will inevitably install to the wrong drive. (Murphy's Law)
I speak here from personal experience, and BAD experience at that.

Good Luck!
TM :cool:

JAT
01-08-2014, 07:57 PM
WELL, I guess I have to buy an external thingy to get all my data off of (C) to save it. But, can you tell me for the future, how can I hide a drive from the installer? TY for the info!

badrobot
01-09-2014, 03:22 AM
WELL, I guess I have to buy an external thingy to get all my data off of (C) to save it. But, can you tell me for the future, how can I hide a drive from the installer? TY for the info!

You don't hide it. You open up the laptop and pull it out. It should be really easy and simple to do. Before you pull on one, move all the other files to the drive that you will pull out and leave one drive empty where you will install the OS. That way, you don't have to buy an external enclosure for the hard drive. But those are very handy sometimes. SO, it really is not a bad idea to get one.
Cheers!

bassfisher6522
01-09-2014, 03:34 AM
Sure...when doing a clean install, you should see to options "upgrade" and "custom". Select the "custom" option, this will open another window with your drives showing. Here is where you select what drive you want the OS. Select the drive and then select format.

TechnoMage
01-09-2014, 04:46 AM
WELL, I guess I have to buy an external thingy to get all my data off of (C) to save it. But, can you tell me for the future, how can I hide a drive from the installer? TY for the info!

Well....... to HIDE a drive, you either remove it completely, in the case of a laptop, or just UN-Plug it, in the case of a Desktop PC.

I have 5 OS's on five drives and I only plug in the drive that I want to boot to at any one time.

At one time, external drives were pretty expensive, but that's not the case anymore.

I have a little Toshiba, 1TB, external (USB) hard drive that I do my data backups to and it cost me only about $69.
And, a 32GB Flash Drive that I also use for data backups and it cost me only about $20.
Both are USB III , so they run really FAST.

Good Luck!
TM :cool: