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Reformatting your computer

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by freaksavior, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. freaksavior

    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    Wrote a tutorial on reformatting your hard drive, hope you like it!

    Backing up your computer

    The usual files we back up are document files (word, excel, power point, porn, game save files, pictures, movies, music ect.) the easiest way of backing up it just to find what your looking for a copying it to a external device such as
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    There are a lot of program that can do this as well. Nero, Norton 10 ghost backup and recovery, Driver genius (to pull existing drivers off)



    Reformatting your computer

    Before you even start to put your cd/dvd in make sure you get the drivers from the manufacture of your device(s)
    example.

    On my system i only need the following sites.

    Motherboard drivers (sound, chip sets and system utilities) http://usa.asus.com/
    Video card http://www.nvidia.com (8800gts)
    Sound card drivers
    Step 1

    Insert you windows disc into you CD/DVD drive. Restart your computer

    Step 2

    Press DEL to enter into your bios (or which ever button it is to enter your bios, typically it’s delete), Navigate in your bios to the selection were it ask which device you would like to boot from. Typical order is HDD/CD/Floppy select which drive you would like to boot from. In this case your CD/DVD drive containing your disc. Save your bios settings and exit.

    Step 3

    Press any key to boot from disc, hit a key, Allow the setup to proceed through the blue screens. When prompted hit F8.

    Step 4

    It will scan for previous installations of windows, if you would like to repair windows it will keep all information on the drive, select the previous installed version of windows and hit enter. To wipe the drive clean and start over hit esc, D, and then L, you will be prompted on the screen.

    Step 5

    After you have erased your partition which contained your windows installation select the un partitioned space and hit the C key. Format in the NTFS file system

    Step 6

    Wait

    Step 7

    After it’s done partitioning the hard drive, you will go through the setup of windows, read the onscreen instruction to reinstall windows.

    Step 8

    Finish your installation!


    Congratulations you just reformatted your computer and didn’t have to over pay best buy or circuit city for something so easily done

    If you think something needs changed, please feel free to comment on it and let me know!

    Recovery

    Getdataback

    best program to use. Simple easy.
     
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    ok freak, now explain how to recover a HDD if you reformatted it by accident! LOL
     
  4. freaksavior

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    i've never had to recover anything from my hard drive. So that i actually don't know how to do. :)
     
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    bumpage :)

    edit: i am going to put up screen shots to make it more clear.


    To: Mods
    From: Freaksavior

    Could you please change the name to "How to: Reformat and/or reinstall windows"
     
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  6. freaksavior

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    long time for bump.
     
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    dude thanks mate
     
  8. ex_reven New Member

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    Add a section on backing up perhaps.
    Different ways to backup etc.

    Also, maybe add a comment to ensure that the user has all their drivers etc prepared BEFORE they reformat. It makes it so much easier generally, especially if when you boot up for the first time you have no access to the internet because you didnt remember that you dont have the driver cd for your network adapter/wireless card etc.

    Format the body of your text too, eg - bold the "Step One", "step two" and so on, to make it more readable.

    :toast:
     
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    freaksavior To infinity ... and beyond!

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    what?

    i got the back up part but idk what the other part was talking about
     
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    Uh Drivers?
    lol.

    Video card drivers, chipset drivers, network adapter drivers etc.
     
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    hmm, ok! im doing the backup part right now. i wrote this at the beginning of this year :)

    i noticed we didn't really have a guide for re-formatting
     
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    Hey thats the same instructions you gave me to get rid of adware:eek:
     
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    :wtf::wtf:

    updated it....how is it now?
     
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    Nice tool: Driver Genius
    [​IMG]

    Especially for notebook reinstalls. ;)
    Can also create compressed *.exe files. :)
     
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    at first im like wtf, let the setup proceed through the BSODS?!?!
     
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    lmao, bsod on a reformatt! i hope not!
     
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    Interesting looking tool, shall have a look at it.
     
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    thanks freak :)

    its weird that i was wondering about this today and lo n behold theres an article here!
     
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    friendly bump
     

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