What does it mean to reformat a computer?

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Actually we usually speak of reformatting the hard drive on the computer. The computer's hard drive is the internal drive that has no removable media. On it will be stored the operating system (such as Windows or Unix), most of the applications (programs) you use, plus all kinds of data files. A hard drive is a disk (or set of disks) with a magnetizable coating on which a recording head can write information. Each kind of computer and operating system has its own way of formatting that information, but they all write in concentric circles, grouping the information into smaller blocks or sectors. Before data can be stored on a hard drive (or any magnetic disk, actually), it must be formatted. This process magnetically creates the writeable areas on the disk. To reformat the disk means to recreate these areas, refreshing the disk to a new state. A full format permanently erases everything on the disk as part of the process. A "quick format" may be available, which will not bother to erase everything but will just mark everything as erased, with pretty much the same result. (Custom programs may be able to recover some erased information, but only if it has not yet been overwritten.) Generally, when you reformat a hard drive--at least, the primary drive on the computer--you want to make it bootable, installing on it the components of the operating system that allow you to run your computer.
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How do you reformat your Windows computer?

There are several ways in which you can format a Windows computer. If you want to save data and settings; you will need USMT (User State Migration Tool). You'll also need something to save the data from USMT. Next, you'll need either your original Windows CD that came with your computer (or recovery/restore disc), a boot disc which has formatting tools, or an HP Recovery Drive. First, I'll say this: I do not recommend HP Recovery Drive. Many people have used it and have had a bad experience with it. Also, it's not very efficient. In fact, I won't even explain how to use it. Next, if you have a boot disc with formatting tools on it. Most commonly these will be Linux Distros. Then you can run that disc on startup and run the formatting program on your primary drive. However, you won't be able to install Windows without the original CD. Make sure that you have your BIOS setting are set to boot from the Disc befor the Hard Drive. The BIOS is different for every manufacturer. Most commonly you can enter the BIOS by pressing "delete" at the first splash screen on boot up. Here is a list of BIOS manufacturers with their corresponding keys to enter BIOS settings: http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm When you start your computer with a windows CD inside; you will see "Press any key to boot from disc...". So, when you press something; the Windows CD will load some generic drivers. The first screen you get will say "Welcome to Setup" and gives you a few options. . Setup Windows [ENTER] . Repair Windows with Recovery Console [R] . Quit the Setup [F3] If you don't wish to format your computer and simply wish to fix Windows; you should try to use the recovery console. Be sure to consult someone who knows how to deal with your specific problem. The recovery console is not made for the average user. Assuming that you've now hit enter; you will be brought up with a screen diisplaying the Windows Licensing Agreement. Press F8 to continue. The next screen wil be titled something like "Windows XP Home Edition Setup". You have three options on this screen. . Setup Windows on selected item [ENTER] . Repair Installation [R] . Create a partition [C] . Delete the selected partition [D] If you wish to simply make a reapir installation; select R. Windows system files will be overwritten with the new ones on the CD. Thus, this would fix any problems with system files or perhaps a missing system file. To continue with our formatting; we must delete the partion with [D]; press [L] to confirm. If you wish; you may create a partition with [C]. This is useful if want to have a dual boot feature or perhaps a backup partition or partition as virtual RAM. On that screen you can select the size of the partition. Once you have highlighted your partition you wish to install Windows on; press [ENTER]. From there; you can format using NTFS (New Technology File System) or with FAT (File Allocation Table) also known as the Old Technology File System. I recommend you format with NTFS (Unless you have a really small hard drive). You also have the option of formating "Quick" or not. Simply said, the quick format simply overwrites the tables/headers on the Hard Drive. Whereas, a normal format Overwrites the tables/headers and the data. If you do a quick format; the data will not be recognizable anyway (Except with certain software which recovers "Ghost Images"). So, I recommend you do a full format. The overwritten data will provide your computer with better performance and your files will be less likely to get fragmented. Your computer will then be formatted and will run a setup asking for "Regional and Language Options", your name and organization (You can put N/A or leave blank), your Windows Product Key (found on the case of your CD or on the side of your computer tower), the name of the computer (for networking), and the Date and Time. The computer will reboot and ask you to add at least one User with up to 5 others. Click Finish and Login. Now, you need to activate Windows, either by telephone or internet. Then, use Windows Update to give security yo your computer (must have internet). At first, do these updates manually. You will need several reboots. Then set the updates to automatic. Make sure all your drivers are installed..

How do you reformat a computer with Windows XP Pro?

Reformatting Windows XP Pro One Way 1. BACK UP ANYTHING IMPORTANT!!! eg. Documents, Music, Saved Games, etc. 2. Insert your windows XP CD. 3. Follow the Menus till you get to drive formating. Pick ether NTFS (for windows Xp0 or FAT32 (windows 95,98) 4. Wait for the disk to be formated. 5. Restart computer or continue with installing if you like. OR (FAT32 Drives only) Create a windows 98 boot floppy. Boot computer with the boot floppy. type "format [drive letter]:" (no quotes) Eg for the C drive: format c: Format Drive Restart Computer NOTE FORMATING THE DRIVE LOSSES EVERYTHING. Similar Way Insert the XP pro CD and shut down the computer. As it's starting to turn on repeatedly press the Enter key until you get to the Windows XP setup screen. Follow the instructions to reformat and reinstall the OS. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_can_you_reformat_windows_xp_with_the_boot_CD&updated=1&waNoAnsSet=2

How do you reformat your computer when it is off?

You can't actually reformat when it's off. You'll need to power itup with a bootable CD or floppy disk which has the format commandavailable. Besides, what you are formatting is the hard drive, notthe computer. Or you can remove the hard drive from the computer in question andformat it in another computer.

How do you dump everything on a computer in order to reformat it?

Answer . \nIt depends on what you mean by 'DUMP.' If you mean to just get rid of everything, then just reformat the drive. If you mean to SAVE everything then their are many ways to do this task. The easiest way is to copy your files/important information to a) another drive, b) a CD or c) a DVD. The easiest way to copy the files to another drive is to use Norton Ghost or some other program like that (this will require another drive to be present) and it will make an exact copy of the whole disk drive. The danger here is that if you have a virus of any sort, it will be copied along with you other information.....

How do you reformat a computer?

None. if you want to format a non-boot drive, find it in my computer, right click and select "format...". if you want to format your boot drive [Be careful] , you usually need to stick in a windows CD and boot from disk, so that the computer knows what to do with itself afterwords. -------------- You can also do this from a terminal window (use the DOS 'format' command), however reformatting the computer will require you to reload the operating system from scratch (and you will lose all your data) before you can use it again. -------------- Assuming you are using Windows XP here's a tutorial http://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/windows/instructions/reformat.htm

How do you do reformat your computer?

NOTE: This guide may not work if you try to install Windows XP or older after you reformat. Assuming you will be reformatting a computer with Microsoft Windows on it, here is a simple set of instructions. First, back up any important files you want to keep, such as media files (pictures, music etc.), documents and whatever you want to keep. DO NOT back up applications (files ending in .exe .dll .sys or other) as these could be infected by a virus. You can either back your stuff up onto a USB stick/external hard drive (make sure you buy one that has enough space to hold all your files) or if you have a computer with more than one hard drive (eg. Hard Drive A has Windows installed onto it, Hard Drive B is empty), back it up on the unused hard-drive. (in the example, you would back up onto hard drive B) NOTE: The time to complete the following will vary greatly depending on your computer, anywhere in between half an hour to sometimes over 12 hours. Now insert your Windows OEM/boot disk into your CD or DVD drive. Click on the Restart button. The screen will go black and the following text will appear: Press any key to boot from CD/DVD Press any key as said above and Windows will begin to load the files on the disk. (If you are ever prompted a second time with this during the installation, don't press anything and wait for it to disappear. Failing to do this will restart the installation process all over again). Continue selecting your preferences until you come to a menu that allows you to chose between " Upgrade " and " Custom ". If you want to reformat your computer, select " Custom " (NOTE: You will not be given that option of you are installing Windows XP or earlier ). Next you will proceed to a menu that asks you where you want to install Windows. Select the hard drive with your old version of Windows currently installed on it. If you don't know which one that is, it is usually the primary hard drive or the one with the most data on it. DO NOT reformat the drive that you backed up your files on (if you chose that option). With that drive highlighted, click on " Drive Properties " and then click " Format ". Wait a bit and the drive will be reformatted. Now install Windows on the drive you just reformatted. The rest is easy, just set up your preferred settings and create a user account. After you are done all this, you will be logged on and your newly reformatted computer is ready for use. Just remember to take the boot disk out when your done or your computer may try to launch the install process again.

Can you reformat a Windows Vista computer?

Of course you can reformat and repartition a vista computer. Most of the cases that has come to me is of laptop and in this case one has to keep in mind before formatting/repartition is that the second partition [d:\] contains all the drivers- audio, video, modem etc. one can repartition without formatting also.

What is reformatting?

Reformatting is changing something from one format to another.Reformatting is used to make data more usable on a particulardevice.

2 What is happening to the computers hard drive while reformatting?

There are two types of formatting. First is a quick process and usually takes about couple seconds. The program which is responsible for the formatting process cleans (erases) so called MFT (master file table), but files are still kept on the hard drive. When you install/copy any information on a such hard drive the information is written just on top the old information (the old information has been destroyed). Second is a much longer process and usually takes hours. All files are present on the hard drive will destroyed and MFT will be cleaned too. The second one is recommended for new hard drives, usually you need to perform it only once, unless you have some bad sectors showing up.

You have a computer that crashes during reformat what do you do?

\n. \nMost likely you have some bad sectors in our hard drive. There is some free software which allows to do it. Also you can use Check Disk which is part of windows OS, it's capable repairing bad sectors if it's not too bad.\n. \n. \n. \nREPLY: the computer now has no windows installed on it though, I cannot get into the OS to install any software because of the crashing during reformat. I think it is a deep rooted problem with the hard drive, but is there anything I can do other than buying a new hard drive?

Is it wise to reformat your computer?

No. Yes, if you know what you're doing. You just need to remember that everything on your hard drive will be deleted, so you need to back important files up.

Why would someone reformat there computer?

This is usually done when all hope is done. Like for example files on the hard drive are corrupt or missing but if they have information that they want to keep they should save it to an external hard driver or USB like notes,music,important files, pictures etc. etc. Other reasons could be change the Operating System or add another Operating to have two working operating systems.

How do you reformat your password protected computer?

Okay, first it is a matter of whether you're speaking about a bios password or login password. Reformatting a password protected computer is simple. You just need the Windows CD that came with your computer. If you bought the computer from a friend, or any other source aside from the store, then you would have to go out and purchase a Windows CD, or make a bootable floppy for an older version of windows. Now here's the tricky part. Turn on the computer and if you are prompted for a password right away, then you will have to reset your bios. On a Dell computer all you have to do is open it up, and you'll notice jumpers on the motherboard similar to the ones on the back of your HHD. Remove the jumpers on the motherboard (which are likely located near your bios chip) and turn the computer on for a few moments. Now turn the computer off and put the jumpers back where they were and turn the computer back on. The bios is now reset. Now if it were a login password, a few steps can be taken. You can either change your boot sequence, hack your own system and change administration authority and then delete or change the password. Or you can just as easily use particular programs that do all the work for you. For the sake of simplicity, we will stick to the first process. First, turn on your computer and depending on whether its Dell or HP or so forth, access your setup or boot sequence page by pressing F12, F2, or what ever hot-key it says to press right after turning on the computer. Once in setup, change the boot priority to CD-ROM being first. Now save and exit. Turn off the computer, insert CD, and follow the Windows instructions.

What to do reformatting the computer?

how to- reinstall with a disk -download an .iso for the version of linux, windows or mac. mount to a hard drive then put it and run it. restore to certain point (windows) -go to start, search system restore then follow the steps to restore to a certain point (you computer will make a restore point before installing most things, or you can set it to set for ever week or so) then its restored to a certain point. what does it do? reinstalling deletes everything on the computer and re-installs the OS (opersting system again, basically a new computer inside. people do this . if they have downloaded a virus (system restores are better for this) . if something wrong has gone wrong with your computer . if its going too slow and want to 'start again' you can get the .iso files off the os website, but only the linux one is free. you can get the others off of a torrent website (like thepiratebay.org or google torrentz) then get a crack to run on the computer that removes the windows free trial.