HELP! Loss of video out, need help fixing.

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Jan 5, 2014
so here's my issue, I've been meaning to upgrade to Windows 10 lately but my c drive is a relatively small 60gb ssd. so in order to clear up 5gb I thought it would be a great idea to temporarily move some folders from "program files" and " users/roaming" to an external, because "clearly only 3rd party programs use those locations, right?"
well, not long into the process windows required a restart for the install to continue. and coming out of the restart I no longer see anything on my screens. sounds indicate successful startup/shutdown but nothing is reaching the screens I plug in. not even the bios. I have 2 HDMI screens and an older vga monitor I'm troubleshooting with.
in my limited knowledge of PCs I'm guessing I moved some essential video driver files off of the c drive which it needs to operate normally, but that's only a guess.

ideally I would love to reach a clean install of windows 10. all of my important data is on an external drive so my c drive can get nuked for all I care if the easiest way out of this mess demands such action. but I have no idea where to start.. Help!


I'm running a home-built Windows 7 pc with the following hardware:
CPU: AMD FX-6300
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X (x2)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 60GB
Video: Asus Radeon HD 7870
Power: Corsair Builder 600WW

also, I should still have the install disks for the pc hardware somewhere.

thanks tom's hardware forum!
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