This is a pretty similar question to the one posed here, and in fact I may just be needlessly making distinctions (the distinction from the linked thread being that in my case, I have no partitions.) If my question turns out to just be repetitive, sorry. Anyhow, it's a pretty long story how I got to this point, but the gist is this:
I'm trying to install a clean copy of Windows Vista on a new internal hard drive. This drive has never done anything other than store media files. Will the installation process affect my files in any way?
(THE LONG STORY: Computer's hard drive is faulty, boot path is fried, warranty is good but I want to rescue my data first. I plan to install Vista on this second hard drive, slave the faulty hard drive to it, copy the important data over (some of it was too large to backup), then bring the machine in to have the faulty part replaced.)
Thanks in advance, folks.