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what all the things needed to back up before formatting the OS?

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#1 prsna


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Posted 07 October 2014 - 02:11 AM

Hello everyone!

I have a three year old Hp pavilion dm4 with Windows 7 running on it.

Now I want to format my computer and install linux on it. There are some virus in my PC, so I planned to backup my data's using google drive and skydrive(hotmail).

I know its a time consuming process, but I don't want to infect my external hard disk.

I want to know in case if I needed to use the windows OS back do I have to copy any system files?

Also if I format the system I may lose the drivers. Does Linux OS automatically takes care of the drivers or do I have to back up before formatting?

I tried few antivirus software to clean, but still there are few!(Its not helping in my case) 

In general what all the things needed to back up before formatting?

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 06:35 AM

well drivers can't be backed up that way and some also have software related to them as well you would need to download the drivers from the manufacture if you wanted to reinstall windows.


you would also need to consider the fact that pre installed software would also be wiped and you would need the relevant cd's or executable and software licence agreement numbers to put the software back on.


no Linux will not store your drivers and will format and over right windows unless you chose the option to run along side windows the advantage as well with Linux is you can run it from a liv cd.


you would also need to make note of your windows licence number so if you reinstalled at a later date you would have the number on the licence sticker always back this up.


also you would been the installation disc oem copy of windows included with your version of windows in order to put windows back on. 


back up all photos, music, media ECT though the cloud as you did not want to do this any other way.


the last thing I would say is use wine to install you applications you used to run on windows to now run on Linux.


Good Luck

#3 prsna

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 08:31 PM

ICT_Tech - Thanks a lot!  :thumbup2:  :thumbup2:

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