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formatting hard drive

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by dkapit8, Jan 26, 2003.

  1. dkapit8

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    how often should i format, is it like defragging a hd
     
  2. Grimley

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    You've posted this question in the wrong forum, I'm afraid. Mods please move to Computer Hardware.

    If this helps you should only format your hard drive If you have a serious problem with your PC, (ie virus infection, PC not booting up or frequently crashing) or you want to upgrade your operating system.
     
  3. kelvin

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  4. lynx

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    Some friends reformat thier drives regularly, 2 or 3 times a year.Only takes a couple of hours and your back to a nice quick pc with no crap in the drives.
     
  5. nutcase_1uk

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    On the other hand, my PC at work has had NT4 on it for at least 5 years without a reinstall!

    However, I tend to average two reinstalls a year, although my WinME HCPC has been going just over a year without a reinstall (touch wood!).

    NT based OS's (NT, 2000, XP) tend to need less reinstalls than Win9x based ones (95, 98, ME).
     
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    because I do so much mucking about with software, I tend to rebuild my PC every couple of months. Saying that, I haven't rebuilt this one for about six months.

    Policy I work by is:

    House keep - defrag & get rid of the old crud you really don't need (demos etc)

    run regular systems checks.

    If it ain't broke don't fix it!

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  7. buns

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    Well im a bad example, but i have 2 machines, the hcpc has had xp re imstalled half a dozen times in 6 months, my working mucking about, surfing, nonsense machine has had ME running on it without serious hitch for nearly 3 years.

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  8. lynx

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    Reinstalling ain't reformatting though, is it ?
     
  9. buns

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    well its not exactly easy to reformat your system partition without reinstalling! :p I basically took it as read that you would automatically reformat anytime you reinstalled

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  10. lynx

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    You can also reinstall over the os which was how i read you.
     
  11. buns

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    does that not leave you with a confusing mess?

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  12. lynx

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    Nah. You can do this to repair lost/damaged system files, .dll's etc.
     
  13. buns

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    Lynx,

    Thats fair enough, i think we know what we both were on about!

    But to the topic...... dkapit8, was there any specific problem you are trying to sort that prompted you to ask?

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