keeping files even after formatting HDD


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Surajit

I have "Encyclopaedia Britannica 2006 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD" installed
on my computer. The size of the installed folder is itself 4.33 GB. But
unfortunetely I don't have the original DVD from which I installed this
programme. Now I am going to format my computer. I know after formatting
everything will be erased from my HDD. But yet I want to know, is there any
way or any software (preferably free downloadable software from internet) by
which I can keep this particular programme (i.e Encyclopaedia Britannica
2006) or use this programme from the installed folder (I will copy the
installed folder in a DVD before formatting) even after formatting. The
programme was installed in C:\Programme files. I have windows XP with SP2 as
OS. Someone plz suggest.
 
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Mick Murphy

No.
When it was installed, it did not just install in Program Files. It was
installed in different parts of your Operating System, Registry, etc.

You need the original Media (DVD) to reinstall it.
 
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Big_Al

Surajit said this on 2/28/2009 1:25 AM:
I have "Encyclopaedia Britannica 2006 Ultimate Reference Suite DVD" installed
on my computer. The size of the installed folder is itself 4.33 GB. But
unfortunetely I don't have the original DVD from which I installed this
programme. Now I am going to format my computer. I know after formatting
everything will be erased from my HDD. But yet I want to know, is there any
way or any software (preferably free downloadable software from internet) by
which I can keep this particular programme (i.e Encyclopaedia Britannica
2006) or use this programme from the installed folder (I will copy the
installed folder in a DVD before formatting) even after formatting. The
programme was installed in C:\Programme files. I have windows XP with SP2 as
OS. Someone plz suggest.

I don't think it will run after you format it, but you have nothing to
lose. Copy the folder C:\program files\..... to something and then put
it back. But I think your chances are 1 in about 10,000.

You generally need those original CD's. If you have a canceled check
or visa card receipt or web receipt or can write the company and they
have you as a registered user, you might be able to either get
replacements or an upgrade to the latest version for a small price.
 

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