Windows 10: Formatted Windows drive, format others too?

Discus and support Formatted Windows drive, format others too? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; This has been a point of confusion every time I do a clean format; I'm not sure what to do with my extra 1tb WD black drive. Usually I just format it... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Someguy25, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. Someguy25 Win User

    Formatted Windows drive, format others too?


    This has been a point of confusion every time I do a clean format; I'm not sure what to do with my extra 1tb WD black drive. Usually I just format it as well, but I'd like to know whether or not this is necessary. I have programs installed on it, such as Unreal Engine, Steam library games, and others. But I wonder how they will function if they are dependent in some way on the main drive that was formatted.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    :)
     
    Someguy25, Jul 11, 2017
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  2. HairyFool Win User

    Accidently Deleted Bitlocker Encrypted Drive

    The link above goes to a news web site not the M3 site.

    However on the M3 site note the following caveat

    "If you formatted Bitlocker drive using format tool built-in Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10, there is no way to recover data from formatted Bitlocker encrypted drive, because Bitlocker metadata has been erased after formatting under Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10.

    If you formatted Bitlocker drive using other OS or other method, please download and try M3 Bitlocker Recovery to recover data from formatted Bitlocker encrypted drive as long as Bitlocker metadata is intact."
     
    HairyFool, Jul 11, 2017
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  3. marek9911 Win User
    Floppy drive - windows 10

    I have connect it CI-130 floppy drive (USB)

    I'm trying to use floppy disk

    A:\ is accessible

    The disk media is not recognized. It may not be formatted.

    I tried to format the floppy disk.

    Windows cannot format this drive. Quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and make sure that no window displaying the contents of the drive. Then try formatting again.
     
    marek9911, Jul 11, 2017
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  4. swarfega Win User

    Formatted Windows drive, format others too?

    Hi there. It depends on how those programs are installed. Were they installed with its corresponding installer. You won't need to worry about the steam library games. After clean install you can point steam to that location in the settings and itl pick up the games.

    You could list the programs your concerned with. Generally programs such as MS Office install files all over the place like the Windows folder so after a clean install you would have to install it again.
     
    swarfega, Jul 11, 2017
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  5. Private Win User
    all related registries will be lost, don't know if the programs is still usable, better do the reinstallations.
     
    Private, Jul 11, 2017
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  6. Someguy25 Win User
    Hmmm, thanks for the tips... sounds like the safe bet is just to wipe it and start over.
     
    Someguy25, Jul 11, 2017
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  7. swarfega Win User
    Do you have many installed steam games?
     
    swarfega, Jul 11, 2017
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  8. Someguy25 Win User

    Formatted Windows drive, format others too?

    Not really, but not too concerned about those as much as the programs. I imagine steam library would be the easiest thing to transfer/save.
     
    Someguy25, Jul 12, 2017
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  9. swarfega Win User
    Yea you can just copy the steam library to some temporary place, then copy it back.
     
    swarfega, Apr 5, 2018
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