I partitioned my C drive so Win 7 stays on C and I have all my personal files/photos/music on the partitioned (E drive.
Then I have a 1 TB external drive that has a back-up of my (E) drive - as well as - a copy of my Lightroom Catalogs (backing up your Raw files is smart - but the Catalogs hold all your edits and history), presets, and customizations, and all my Adobe software presets & customizations.
Reinstalling Win 7 is easy stuff, and then I pop in my backed-up Lightroom catalogs, etc, etc - and Voila.
Now I am creating an (C) Image so its even easier next time. It will have all my Windows updates and Adobe software in perfect state.
If my hard drive fails, I have Win7 disks and my ext. backup drive.
Every re-installation gets easier and easier.
Eventually - I'll store a copy off-site.
moltengold wrote in post #14522137
the easy way to transfer your files is
remove your hard drive from your desktop or your laptop what ever
then put the hard drive in a case
then transfer all your files to other computer ( only the files you want )
then format that hard drive and return it back to your computer
and put your system from the begining and install it with all your Fav software
and if you dont have a second computer
you have to buy a second hard drive
put the new to your computer and remove the old one which had your files
install the system to the new
and put the old drive in a case and use it as an external hard drive with all your files
but if your hard drive is broken
this will be a long story