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#1 samplefish


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Posted 03 August 2011 - 11:33 AM

I have a quick question about just computers in general.

Im not too computer savvy, and I was wondering what exactly does a reformat do? After using my laptop for about a few years, its not doing as well as before. Any help?

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#2 Andrew


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Posted 03 August 2011 - 11:57 AM

Reformatting erases all the data on the hard drive.

Some people regularly perform a reformat and reinstall on their computer. This is akin to demolishing your house and then rebuilding it again on the same spot: all the cracks in the walls and creaky floors are taken care of and you get a nice new fresh coat of paint, but it's perhaps overkill.

A couple of less drastic things you can do to reclaim some of your lost speed is to defragment the hard drive. Then do a full scan for malware using your favorite up-to-date malware scanner followed by a visit to Windows Update to install all the latest security and stability patches from Microsoft. Carrying our house metaphor further, this is like a maid, a building inspector, and a handyman respectively. :wink:

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 01:30 PM

Short answer - it deletes everything on the partition or drive.

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