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Old 09-17-2005, 05:24 PM   #1
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Does reformating hurt your computer in any way???
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Old 09-17-2005, 05:24 PM   #2
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Nope, not at all.
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Default Re: Does reformating hurt your computer???

if anything it helps your computer(software wise).
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:25 AM   #5
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it dont hurt your computer, but you will lose all of your items on the part of the hdd what you reformat.
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Old 09-18-2005, 03:18 AM   #6
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I believe that the above posters are absolutely right. I have never been very computer literate, and my previous computer was a Gateway that came with a restoration disk which afforded easy reformatting. Whenever I experienced a problem that I couldn't, otherwise, counter from, I would format in a heartbeat. I had really become known as the format king . I can honestly say that I had formatted that computer no less than eight or ten times in the space of a year - with no seemingly ill effects from it. In fact, I have often heard (in very knowledgable circles) that defragging a harddrive should be more of a toil concern that reformatting.

But just for the sake of it, I thought to include something that I found (just tonight) in Dan Gookin's 2nd edition of Troubleshooting your PC For Dummies book.

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Old 09-18-2005, 03:19 AM   #7
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Default Re: Does reformating hurt your computer???

I do believe in that concept of not reformatting the drive, but software glitches, incompatiblity, missing files, or corrupt software/drivers in the long run forces us to do just that.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:08 AM   #8
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When I was using Windows I had to do regular reformats. Quite often. Windows has the nasty habit of slowing down to a crawl after some time.
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Old 09-18-2005, 02:41 PM   #9
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Yeah, sometimes it's just easier to start fresh instead of trying to get everything back to normal.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:11 PM   #10
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Especially with Windows.
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