Monday, July 11, 2011

How To Format Your Laptop's Hard Drive

Deciding to format your laptop's hard drive is the best way to give your machine back that new car smell and get rid of all those little bugs the laptop has picked up through months of internet browsing and random installs of freeware.

Performing such a task on modern laptops is easy. Most laptop vendors supply either a set of recovery CD’s with the machine or the laptop itself has a recovery partition on the HDD preinstalled.

Some laptops require you to make a set of recovery cd's using a utility on the machine (an important thing to put on your to do list when setting up a new laptop!).

Once again all vendors have their own method of initialising the recovery or reformat process but here are some examples.
  • Some Toshiba notebooks have bootable recovery CD’s, holding down the "C" key from boot will do it.
  • Some HP’s use "F11" on boot to start the process. Others use bootable CD’s.
  • Most Acers have a bootable CD, then an OS CD and a files and drivers disc.
  • IBM also uses the bootable CD method.
Refer to the owners manual for the particular method for your notebook.
Reformatting your laptop will erase data on the hard drive so ensure you backup first. Advise anybody working on or repairing your laptop not to format the HDD during the repair unless it is backed up first, this happens all too often. It's a good policy to always backup your machine before having any sort of repair done.

Some repairers will insist that it is required to format your laptop's hard drive in order to repair the machine. This is not without its merits as you can’t really be sure that a software fault is gone unless this is done.

Taking the step to format your laptop's hard drive is something that should be done periodically to keep your machine running well. It can be a bit of a job setting a machine up from scratch again but the result is well worth it.

Once started the process is usually pretty straight forward but if you get stuck refer to the user manual for your laptop. It will have detailed instructions on what to do.

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