If you only have one small partition where the OS is installed, and you want to install XP over that, you can. Something other than that, you'll have to wait for more replies. ;-) Yes, if you only have one partition and if you delete that partition, then everything on that partition will be deleted. There's probably some free partition programs out there if you look. Or at least some that can be used free for a certain period of time. -Clint God Bless Clint Hamilton, Owner http://www.OrpheusComputing.com http://www.ComputersCustomBuilt.com ----- Original Message ----- From: "LarryB" On the backup part I would ask if it also backs up the OS. Problem is you can't see what is in the backup without restoring it. I believe I only have one small partition where the OS is installed. I was just concerned that I would delete all on the drive if I deleted the partition and then remade it. I'll look into getting a partitioning program and hope I can use it ok. Thanks as always Clint LarryB K & L Electronics South Carolina Clint Hamilton wrote: I've never tried it, but from the sound of it I believe that "Backup" under System Tools will backup EVERYTHING. "All information on this computer". This is in the basic mode. You can go to Advanced mode and "Backup wizard" and "Backup everything on this computer". As to if "creating a new partition" will delete everything, I can't say for sure because every time I've done that I didn't want to save anything, but reformat. Since nothing was saved from the previous install, obviously I can conclude from that it deletes the drive. However, this was because I chose to create new partitions. But I believe you can create a new partition then install XP on that new partition, but that's iffy because it has to move all the data on the drive to make the room for the new partition. Something like that is best done with a partitioning program. Again, I've never tried to do any of that so I can't answer that part for sure. Now that I remember, I have in the past deleted the Windows partition directory and started over on that C: partition and my other partitions were intact. I had the main C: Windows partition and a storage partition--which remained untouched. I don't know if that's exactly what you want because I don't know if you want to save files on the C: area or another. -Clint ----- Original Message ----- From: "LarryB" I notice that when you put your disk in for XP you have choices. One is to repair and another is to install a fresh copy. My questions are when you do a fresh copy you are asked to make a partition. Does that delete all files on you hd? Is there anyway to install a fresh copy without deleting the files on the hd? I have made a backup of all my data files with the M$ backup utility on the computer so I'm not worried about that. It is just reinstalling programs that I really do not want to do. ========================= The list's FAQ's can be seen by sending an email to PCWorks-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with FAQ in the subject line. To unsubscribe, subscribe, set Digest or Vacation to on or off, go to http://www.freelists.org/list/pcworks . You can also send an email to PCWorks-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with Unsubscribe in the subject line. Your member list settings can be found at http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/lsg2.cgi/l=pcworks . Once logged in, you have access to numerous other email options. The list archives are located at http://www.freelists.org/archives/pcworks/ . All email posted to the list will be placed there in the event anyone needs to look for previous posts.