Future reference, get PartitionMagic and use it to split up your hard drive into at least two chunks- a 5-10 gig chunk for windows and NOTHING else, and the rest being for programs, photos, whatever. Preferably a third chunk just for the photos. This way, if windows fails miserably (boy can that OS
crash..), you can reformat the drive windows was on without batting an eye: All files remain intact, you would only have to reinstall programs so that the shell shortcuts are still available. This is what I do, and I regularly flush windows and reformat the c drive to clear out viruses while all my other stuff stays safe and squeaky clean.. so far, so good!
Norton makes a restore utility that does a good job recovering files.. I forget what it's called, but if you run it several times, even after a reformat, you can recover pretty much anything. Which leads me to this: if you ever have to get rid of truly sensitive files, write zeroes to the hard drive- The FORMAT C: command will NOT get rid of the files!
Also, back up everything onto any media you can! Redundancy is the key to long term file survival!
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