February 25, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Spring is right around the corner, and what better way to beat the spring-cleaning rush than this week's topic on how to reformat your drive and start afresh? After years of computer use, useless data and other factors eventually pollute your drive to the point where routine maintenance doesn't help. With that said, I'll let Dana's winning answer, this week's honorable mentions, and other members' suggestions do all the explaining about this process. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned veteran of reformatting hard drives, I encourage every one of you to join in this week's discussion to share your knowledge. Thank you all for your wonderful participation!
Member Question of the WeekI'm currently running Windows XP Pro. Can you please give me step-by-step instructions on how to reformat my hard drive and start fresh? I have many peripherals attached: a printer, a Webcam, a 64MB video card, a video capture card with TV and FM, and an external modem. Thank you.
Submitted by: Ricardo R.Let me start by saying that a complete reformat and reinstallation of your operating system is something that is often required when a computer system has just become too damaged to continue attempting repair. Over time, viruses, spyware, installing and uninstalling programs, and errors that compound themselves can eventually bring even the fastest computer to a grinding halt. Many avid computer users plan a complete restore once every year or two just to keep things running smoothly. Having said this, there are a number of steps you should take before reformatting, as well as things you can do to help speed up the process the next time...
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