I've decided I'm going to reinstall Vista. I have the installation disk and everything, but I need to retrieve some data from my hard drive before doing so. What tools do I need to be able to boot up the computer (not necessarily into Windows), access the NTFS drives, and copy files over into a USB drive?
Also, I want the hard drive to be completely reformatted prior to reinstallation just to make sure everything starts from fresh. I haven't reinstalled before, so will Vista do that automatically or what?