Okay, so I have the files for the install disc of Vista 64 (Unfortunately, I need to install Vista for reasons that don't really matter to you...) and I already read that you can install from an external hard-drive. Unfortunately, this means you have to format the hard drive -- since it's housing my backups and pretty much entire music library, I don't want to format it only to end up losing everything.
So I was wondering, I have 2 partitions on my SATA HDD and one of them is pretty much empty. If I can install from an external hard drive, can I install from a partition on the same hard drive that I want to install on (onto the other patition)?
I figure somebody might know, if not, it's not of major concern I'll just have to use the DVD...
I've done this before, it has problems though. All you need to do is run the install .exe and it'll work fine, you should note that sometimes it keeps old files for some reason and they're unremovable through normal methods. I'm running win7 from this method right now, have been since august 09.
What sorts of problems? I was planning on formatting the "installer" partition after it installed to it's intended destination.
Also, is their an alternative where I don't have to format my Ext HD to install, it's already formatted to NTFS, I figured I could just move all the documents I have backed up into a single folder and then copy the installer files into the root of the HD so they wouldn't interfere with each other. Would that work? Or would I have problems accessing my backed up files after.
If it works, and I can still access my data, great.