"d69" <d69.3hfyvf@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have a problem with my hard drive and it seems like nothing will
> If I re-install vista, And it gets rid of all my files; will i be able
> to recover the files with a program like 'recover my files'?
It's unlikely. They will have been deleted and overwritten, which
significantly reduces any chance of recovery. That kind of software works
best if you immediately STOP using the drive and begin recovery. If you
recover to the same drive, chances plummet.
If you are actually having a problem with the drive, rather than the
filesystem or the install, don't reinstall. Replace the drive and install
fresh, use your old drive only as much as it takes to get the files off of
Hard disks are not expensive these days; for example where I am, 500-gig
disks are around $70.
It's actually easy to back up your files as long as the drive isn't broken.
Simply attach it to another system using a USB2 drive case or adapter (these
start around $20), and copy the files to the other system. Be sure you
get all of your files, including mail and addresses.