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#1 anthony914

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 10:00 PM

if i format my laptop and then install xp again will all the drivers and stuff be there or will i have to get new drivers....if so where?

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 10:08 PM

Usually after a format, you will need drivers. Just search for the manufacturers web site

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 10:09 PM

someone said to just copy the system32 folder is that true?

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 10:24 PM

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 12:32 AM

Do not do that, for two reasons. It will almost certainly make your system unstable after a format, and there are a few drivers that wont install into the system32 folder. After a reformat install all your drivers from the discs, if you still have them. Or find them on the internet. The only thing i'd worry about is your ethernet driver. Find the driver for your ethernet controller on the net and put it onto disc before the format. That way if windows doesn't have the driver for your ethernet controller after the install, you can run that disc and install the rest of your drivers that way.

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 02:03 AM

You can backup your drivers before you format and then reinstall them after you install the operating system.

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 07:41 PM

so if i gnat to sell it is there something special i should do to the hardrive so that no one can retrieve my data?

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 09:33 PM

Just format it, but dont install windows on it

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:18 AM

If you're really paranoid you should do a low-level format of the drive. If someone knows what they're doing they can quite easily retrieve data from a drive if you just do a normal format.
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Posted 04 May 2007 - 07:07 PM

how do you do a low-level?

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 09:33 PM

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 10:25 PM

Do you have the installation disc for the OS with the proper product code? If not you are going to be selling the computer without a OS if you format it.

If you want to do this properly then wiping the drive with something like WipeDrive will completely over write the hdd making a lot harder to recover any information. You should also be aware that NSA currently believes that the only way to render the information on a hdd unrecoverable is to destroy it with an oxyacetylene torch.

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