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How can I partition my hard drive

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Hi, I have to format my pc but do not want to loose my installed softwares, so I was told to partition the drive before formatting. I don`t know how to do this. Can you kindly guide please. Also, if I was able to do that. Will my files be save? Thanks


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No way to save installed software if u want to format your computer, even partitioning won't do that. It only creates an extra space for you to save files and software installers. However u have to make sure u don't intend to format the partition with the saved files or they will all be gone. May you should consider repairing the system, that for sure will retain your programs

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If you have enough space go to disk management and shrink volume

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But you won't be able to backup an installed software only files

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(This post was last modified: 01-10-2017, 10:07 PM by hovatek. )
(01-10-2017, 04:04 PM)articlew Wrote: Hi, I have to format my pc but do not want to loose my installed softwares, so I was told to partition the drive before formatting. I don`t know how to do this. Can you kindly guide please. Also, if I was able to do that. Will my files be save? Thanks

I don't know if you fully understand what you're trying to do.
To partition,see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-parti...n-windows/
You can't format a partition and still retain whats on it (without copying elsewhere) .
Copying doesn't backup installed software, only files.
If you must retain installed software then you would need to clone the Windows image
It would be great if you could breakdown what you're trying to achieve
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(01-10-2017, 09:50 PM)hovatek Wrote:
(01-10-2017, 04:04 PM)Hi, thanks for your reply. What I want to acheive is that I don`t want to lose all my files and installed softwares after formatting. How do I acheive that sir Wrote: Hi, I have to format my pc but do not want to loose my installed softwares, so I was told to partition the drive before formatting. I don`t know how to do this. Can you kindly guide please. Also, if I was able to do that. Will my files be save? Thanks

I don't know if you fully understand what you're trying to do.
To partition,see https://journal.hovatek.com/how-to-parti...n-windows/
You can't format a partition and still retain whats on it (without copying elsewhere) .
Copying doesn't backup installed software, only files.
If you must retain installed software then you would need to clone the Windows image
It would be great if you could breakdown what you're trying to achieve
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(This post was last modified: 01-11-2017, 11:09 AM by hovatek. )
(01-10-2017, 11:39 PM)articlew Wrote: Hi, thanks for your reply. What I want to acheive is that I don`t want to lose all my files and installed softwares after formatting. How do I acheive that sir

There's no escaping re-installing software, unless you wish to clone your existing Windows installation to another Hard Disk (which defeats the purpose of formatting assuming you're formatting to fix a software and not hard disk issue).
If you MUST format, what you can do is to backup all your files and software installers (.exe) first to another storage device.
At this point, I think I need to ask what's wrong with your PC and why you wish to format
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What's wrong is that the PC is not giving sound whenever I play any audio files. I gave it to someone to change the speaker. it was changed but couldn't give sound, the drive was changed too but still same. So I was told that the speaker and drive are not faulty, that I should format it then it will give sound.


(01-11-2017, 11:04 AM)hovatek Wrote:
(01-10-2017, 11:39 PM)articlew Wrote: Hi, thanks for your reply. What I want to acheive is that I don`t want to lose all my files and installed softwares after formatting. How do I acheive that sir

There's no escaping re-installing software, unless you wish to clone your existing Windows installation to another Hard Disk (which defeats the purpose of formatting assuming you're formatting to fix a software and not hard disk issue).
If you MUST format, what you can do is to backup all your files and software installers (.exe) first to another storage device.
At this point, I think I need to ask what's wrong with your PC and why you wish to format


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(01-11-2017, 11:56 AM)articlew Wrote: What's wrong is that the PC is not giving sound whenever I play any audio files. I gave it to someone to change the speaker. it was changed but couldn't give sound, the drive was changed too but still same. So I was told that the speaker and drive are not faulty, that I should format it then it will give sound.

I don't think formatting will help in this situation. What you need to do is download and install Audio drivers for your PC model
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Thanks I use Hp635, do you have a direct link to audio driver
(01-11-2017, 04:53 PM)hovatek Wrote:
(01-11-2017, 11:56 AM)articlew Wrote: What's wrong is that the PC is not giving sound whenever I play any audio files. I gave it to someone to change the speaker. it was changed but couldn't give sound, the drive was changed too but still same. So I was told that the speaker and drive are not faulty, that I should format it then it will give sound.

I don't think formatting will help in this situation. What you need to do is download and install Audio drivers for your PC model
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