Does "Reset this PC" wipe second HDD or just C:

  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Home

    Does "Reset this PC" wipe second HDD or just C:

    Hi guys,

    Just a quick questions as I can't find a clear answer when searching on the forum or google.

    I have a PC with a second HDD.

    I'm wanting to reset it using the "Reset this PC" option in settings as I'm having a few issues with the PC, but I was wondering if there will be an option to leave the second HDD as it is without wiping it?

    Would be great is someone could give me some advice.


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  2. Posts : 34,926
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Reset Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Please see Option 2, follow down to no. 6.

    Also see #12 on page 2 - only affects the Windows partition.

    Note that you will have to reinstall all programs, reconfigure settings.

    I wonder if you've considered an in-place upgrade repair install, which keeps all programs and most settings, but gives you a fresh set of Windows system files and key registry settings?
    (Tutorial in the Tutorial section - basically, boot normally, and start reinstalling Windows when logged in).

    Further, if your problem is actually related to a user profile, you can determine that by creating a new user for test purposes. If you don't have the same problem then, Windows per se is probably ok. An in-place upgrade repair install won't solve a corrupt user profile.

    And have you checked if your problem exists in Safe Mode? If not, it may be a problem with an installed program.

    Remember to run chkdsk too to make sure your file system is ok.
    From an admin command prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.

    Check the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!
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  3. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    Thanks very much for your advice! I'm all back up and running. M
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  4. Posts : 34,926
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Good- so if all is well, if you haven't yet started to, start to use disk imaging routinely:

    Here's my write-up on the value of disk imaging.

    Creating disk images lets you restore Windows and all your disks and partitions to a previous working state, quickly and probably without technical help.

    You can recover from:
    - a failed disk drive (restore to a new one)
    - ransomware (which encrypts your disk)
    - user error
    - unrecoverable problems from failed updates to problem programs
    - unbootable PC (hardware faults aside)

    Images also act as a full backup- you can extract files too.

    You can even use images to help you move more easily and quickly to a new PC.
    Can be used with Laplink software to transfer your build automatically to another PC

    Imaging can even help you sleep at night knowing you have a second chance.

    Many here recommend Macrium Reflect (free) as a good robust solution and more reliable than some others. It’s
    - more feature rich
    - more flexible
    - more reliable
    than Windows Backup and Restore system images.

    It's well supported with videos, help and a responsive forum.

    There are other such programs, free/commercial, some with simpler interfaces, but Macrium R is one of the most robust and reliable.

    How long does it take?
    SSD+ USB3 - maybe 15 mins for the first system image, less thereafter
    HDD + USB2 - maybe 40-50 mins
    That’s with little personal data, few programs installed.
    - of course, depends how much you have on C:
    (You can and should image all your partitions and disks)

    Once you've created your first image, keep it updated with e.g. differential imaging- which images just changes from the first image, more quickly, and creates a smaller image file.

    You need a backup medium - say- twice as large as the total amount of data you are imaging to keep a reasonable number of differential images. This will vary dependent on the number of images you keep, so is only a rough practical guide.

    Some comment that system restore isn't always reliable; if it works and solves the problem, great. But sometimes restores won't work or fail. And of course a restore point only covers a limited number of aspects of the system. That’s where disk imaging comes in.

    (There's a tutorial on Macrium in the Tutorials section, and a couple of videos in the user videos section on this forum)
    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials
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