So I've had my computer for about 2 years and I never re-installed my OS so I thought about starting over with a fresh installation of Windows Xp. But I have a few questions first.
For a start I have three hard drives, one removable. So that leave two inside the computer when I will re-install Xp. What will happen? Will the installation just wipe all the Data I have on both disks or just the one I have my OS installed on(both disks are a separate partition by the way). I know that It would be better to just clean both drives, but they both have about 250gigs worth of data each and that would be a pain to put on a set of DvD. And I don't want to buy another hard drive to put the backup copy on it. And If I make DO make a backup of everything won't it just bring back the crap when I extract the backup back on the hard drive? I mean, im sure whats clogging my system ressources is in my main hard drive, so I thought I could leave the second right there and not touch it.
Next is that I'm re-installing with the CD the company gave me, its labeled System Recovery DVDRom. Im guessing it will just reset my OS to factory default, is that the right thing to do?
Any answers are greatly appreciated.