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DIY: Reformatting Your PC

January 2nd, 2009

For most computer users, “format” is a scary word. Yet, there are times that this option can prove helpful. For example, you should consider reformatting your hard drive and starting over if the MBR or Master Boor Record is damaged or if a virus has decimated a great deal of data on your drive. It can also be of great help when you’re experiencing System Distress, Data Loss or Corruption, Incorrect Settings, and Software or Hardware Failure. It is also the easiest and simplest way to restore your beloved machine to its brand new state.

Here are the usual steps in reformatting your hard drive;

1. Back-up your important documents. You may do this by simply copying your important files, document and other personal data on a CD, Thumb Drive, or any Removable Media Devices such as Lap link etc.

2. Check the BIOS configuration of your computer

a) Power up the system; check Power On System Test (POST).
b) Install new BIOS, if available.
c) Set up hard drive and optical drive boot order.
d) Ensure all memory timings and CPU settings are at default or auto settings.
e) Check to see if all drives and hardware are visible in BIOS setup.
f) If you have a sound card installed, disable the onboard audio.

3. Then install the Software

a) Before installing any OS, Make sure you have CDs, CD keys, and drivers for all hardware.
b) Boot from CD. If installing OS onto a drive that has had previous software install, make sure to reformat the drive.
c) Install motherboard and networking drivers.
d) Install graphics drivers.
e) Install audio drivers.
f) Perform OS updates (for example, new Windows updates)
g) Defragment your drive. This may help your newly reformat PC to start smoothly.
h) Install security software.
i) Install application
j) Scan and transfer all your saved files from Step 1 to your newly reformatted PC

4. Enjoy

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