I am planning to upgrade some of my hardware soon. I understand that 99% of the time when you upgrade your Mobo + CPU you must re-install Windows again (which is fine I will be upgrading to "8" at the same time) Here are my questions.
-What is the process to upgrading my hardware and OS. I currently use Vista, and have 2 HDD's, One smaller one used for windows booting and drivers etc.. and one for storage. Would it be "who" of me to back-up everything onto a flash drive (or two) or disk(s) before upgrading. Or, if I make sure all my pics, videos, music, etc.. is on my storage HDD and install windows 8 to the smaller one that Vista is currently on will windows 8 be able to still see the pictures on the storage drive.... I am not sure if I am making sense, because this is still kind of confusing in my own mind.
-Will installing windows 8 automatically give me the option re-format my hard drive or should I do that before hand?
Thanks in advance!
TL:DR - I am upgrading everything but my Hard Drives basically and don't know what to do about pics, videos, etc... before the upgrade.