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With the two waking hours at my disposal this morning, I decided I'd go ahead with my Windows reinstallation. Of course, in order for it to really do any good, I'd have to kill the entire Windows directory to prevent any leftover files from the previous installation from jumping back on board on my fresh install.

However, Windows XP proved extremely unfriendly towards my attempts to murder it. Unlike the previous versions of Windows, there didn't seem to be any option to boot up with a dos prompt that included hard drive access. Eventually, I resorted to the Western Digital Data Lifeguard software bundled with my last harddrive purchase to "zero out" the drive. Then I booted up with the Windows XP disc, confirming the necessary reformatting during the installation process.

It wasn't long until I realized that I made a tiny mistake and formatted both of my 250 GB drives. The Lifeguard software had portrayed the Western Digital drive incorrectly as the first drive in my system, and I didn't catch that the western digital was the drive I didn't want to format. Now I'm operating with a little 35 gb dude in the middle of two blank 250 GB hard drives. Would that I had stored all my vital files there I'd have been in the clear, but unfortunately I lost my email, my saved games, and majority of my vital documents. I was lucky I kept my obscure password list, the sole important content of my unformatted ancient hard drive.

On the upshot, I'm booting a lot faster and seemed to have gained a few FPS in City of Heroes. A fresh install is a beautiful thing... but ideally, I should try to keep my important data in tact.
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