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How often do you format?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Supreme0verlord, Feb 26, 2009.

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How often do you format?

  1. Every week

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  2. Once a month

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  3. Every 2-6 months

    30.4%
  4. Every 6-12 months

    17.4%
  5. Once a year

    13.0%
  6. Other (Specify)

    18.8%
  7. Never

    15.9%
  1. Supreme0verlord

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    I format about every 2 months or so.
     
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    RadeonX2 New Member

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    depends if my system is infected with virus I'd reformat it but on average more likely 3 months
     
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    Other: If I have a virus or OS is screwed over...otherwise never!
     
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    About once a month for each of my systems. I'm either trying out a new build of a Windows beta, or I'm just speeding things up a little :)
     
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    Only when new or if, something hosed my whole drive setup and backups.
     
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    Last time I formatted because of a virus. This time I had to format primarily because Visual Studio is being a bitch and secondarily because the motherboard is being replaced. Some times I go over a year without formatting; sometimes I go a few months. On average, I say every 6-12 months.
     
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    exodusprime1337

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    about twice a month... i'm always changing hardware, and i prefer to reinstall when i upgrade drivers for some odd reason... i just like kill hdd's i guess... heheh
     
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    I never formatted my last pc, i kept it junk free, and i was using programs such as registry mechanic, norton internet security, windows clean up etc

    my hd was never full, always had about 80gb free out of 200gb.
     
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    I usually do a clean reinstall of my OS like every two to three months, regardless of the condition.
    Its like a new car - I like the innocence and the "newness" of a freshly installed windows.
     
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    On my main machines, only when it's fucked or when I change a major piece of hardware (HDD or motherboard) or when I change a lot of my PC. CPU/GPU/RAM changes don't require OS reinstalls at all, however with many many changes it can be a good idea.

    On my other rigs? Whenever I want to try another OS :p
     
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    burebista

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    Never. I like to keep my OS in a good shape so no need to format. :)
     
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    I only reformat when need...When my programs start acting up or getting glitches!!
     
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    Every 3 months, though since i have clones of all the install drives it takes literally minutes to restore them and have a fresh os again :D complete with install applications!
     
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    about a month or two, usually more if i don't hammer my system with downloads. but i have an unstable OS due to using a downloaded copy of XP as i broke my Home CD :(
     
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    I try myself never to. I never intentionally reinstall software, only if the machine fluffs up so bad that it doesn't start.
     
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    Sinse getting a Seagate hard drive? About 12 times in the last couple of months.

    Otherwise, I generally like to do it about once a year or just under.
     
  17. DrPepper

    DrPepper The Doctor is in the house

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    Whenever I feel like the machine needs a reformat so every 2 weeks at best maybe 3.
     
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    Once a year I guess. Maybe a little less.
     
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    About 5 times. At work that is :D. Home 5 times a decade :D.
     
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    Only if it starts acting weird do I reformat. BSOD, virus, etc. Otherwise, I leave it be.
     
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    mc-dexter New Member

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    Are you serious? Every few weeks??? surely thats not needed?
     
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    I reformat when i install new hardware, or any bsod's. No specific times.
     
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    dude I used to format like once every 6 months. My system would lag, get problems, and piss me off. Then I bought Diskeeper Professional and turned on auto defragmentation. That was over 4 years ago and I haven't formatted since. My system feels as snappy as it did right after a fresh install. I suggest everyone check this program out.
     
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    i really only format when i have to, such as when i'm really low on disk space and i cant figure out why or if i have a bad virus.
     
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    mc-dexter New Member

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    I'm sorry people but isnt this a thread about "how often do you format" not "why do you format"

    ... Kinda thought it needed pointing out, nobody really formats unless they have to.
     
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