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hi i would like to restart my whole laptop from scratch as it is causing far
too many problems. the only problem is that i have around 50GB of files which
i would need. what would be the best way to do this. is there an easy way of
partitioning a drive?
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

Vin said:
hi i would like to restart my whole laptop from scratch

First of all, note that what you presumable want to do is not reboot (to
"reboot" is to restart your computer, something you presumably do every
day), but *reinstall* Windows.

as it is
causing far too many problems.

You've said nothing about what your problems are, so it's difficult to
address this. But in general I think doing this is almost always a mistake.
Most problems can be solved by a less draconian method, and if you reinstall
instead of solving the problems, you never find out what caused the
problems. That means that there is an excellent chance that you will repeat
the behavior that caused the problems in the first place, and soon find
yourself back in exactly the same situation.

But it's your choice, of course.

the only problem is that i have around
50GB of files which i would need. what would be the best way to do
this. is there an easy way of partitioning a drive?

The best way to do this has nothing to do with partitioning the drive. You
need to copy these files to some external media. You can burn the to CDs or
DVDs, but a better solution is probably to buy an external USB hard drive
and use it for that purpose.

Your question implies that you currently have no backup of these files, so
I'd like to point out your real need here is not simply for a way to to get
a copy of the files while you reinstall, but to *always* have a backup of
your important files. Everyone with data that's important to him should be
backing up regularly. It is always possible that a hard drive crash, user
error, nearby lightning strike, virus attack, even theft of the computer
(that's perhaps the biggest risk with a laptop), can cause the loss of
everything on your drive. As has often been said, it's not a matter of
whether you will have such a problem, but when.
 

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