how often do you format your hard drive?

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how often do you format your hard drive?

Post by frisky168 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:01 pm

A friend told me that everyone should format our drive once a year... I did more than once a year cos I got viruses on I downloaded animated wallpaper there and my browser got hijacked
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Post by iBye » Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:58 pm

I never formate my harddrivers. Lol
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Post by bannerbiz » Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:57 pm

if i don't get any problem whit my pc..once a year...
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Post by delivi » Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:55 pm

Since I try a lot of new software and do Beta testing, I format my OS Partition and reinstall the OS every 3 months. Because as I installl and uninstall a huge number of programs, the size of my Program Files Folder is 10GB, I've Games Partition of 20 GB seperate. All this 10 GB of applications when installed and uninstalled, leave a huge amount of waste data. This slows down the system, so I'm forced to reformat and reinstall the OS.

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Post by broodfaun » Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:11 am

I usually format when I actually need to i.e. the computer is slowing down or get highly infected. Funny thing is one time I formated by computer, but before I could update it with security patches.....I got infected heavily. Thus, I had to reformat right away.

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Post by anupat3l » Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:13 am

Possibly every 2 - 3 months..

I like to keep my computer clean.. i have an external drive to hold all my important files so i jus have to reinstall everything after a clean format :(

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Post by Virtual » Fri Mar 30, 2007 1:39 pm

@frisky168: If you had a good anti-virus you wouldn't get infected, theese days its nuts going around !

As for the hard-drive it really depends, I do a lot of testing of software and OS'es so I a part of my hard drive gets always formatted but mostly my Linux partition is intact and doesn't need actual formatting allmost never.

@broodfaun: I do a lot of system installing at work and as a tip always unplug your ethernet cable before reinstalling windows, after windows WITH anti-virus is installed then you can plug your ethernet and update first the anti-virus, then windows.


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Post by Tails5 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:54 am

I only format my hard drive when I absolutely need to, Only formatted my Windows XP computer once, when Windows Installer wouldn't work, and I couldnt use Windows Update to make it work.
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Post by m3t4l » Sun Apr 15, 2007 4:10 am

i only defrag mi comp i cant be bothered formating
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Post by thermal » Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:24 am

I haven't tried reformatting my computer athough it's almost 3 years old. System maintainence software keeps the performance of my computer resonabably well.

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