Reformatting is a high-level formatting process which ensures the computer keeps running in its best form. Reformatting is similar to formatting, the main difference being formatting is done to make the hard drive usable where as reformatting erases existing data on the hard drive and reinstalls the programs. It is a fairly simple process and can be done with ease.
There are two types of formatting for hard disks namely, FAT32 and NTFS. FAT32 is used WINDOWS 98 and its predecessors. While, NTFS is used for WINDOWS 2000, XP and modern operating systems. For installing DOS programs it is wise to use FAT32 programming as DOS cannot read NTFS drives.
Before starting off, it is essential that all necessary data on the hard disk has back up. This is done because reformatting erases all existing data from the hard disk. During the back up process, write down all your network settings from any network log in the network computer panel. It is recommended not to make an exact disk copy before reinstalling is done. This leads to restoration of the same problems which you had before.
After making a back up of the content in your hard disk using a CD or removable storage device, get the necessary drivers. This includes WINDOWS or any other CD with an operating system. The operating system can be installed by going to the BIOS settings on your computer which will allow installation from the CD rather than the hard drive. Test the CD before you go on to the next step which erases all the computers data such that you are sure that your computer boots with the CD.
The hard disk is ready to be formatted. For WINDOWS users, open computer management by right clicking on the computer icon in the panel and selecting manage. On the pane in the left which is under storage, click disk management. Select the drive you would like to format, right click and select format. For MAC users, open disk utility within finder option. Select the disk you want and click erase. Specify a volume format for the disk. For selecting your security options click on formatting option. Click OK and erase. The rest of the programs can now be re installed.
Reformatting is done based on the computer’s use. It speedens up your computer and also removes any virus or malware present within the hard disk. Another benefit is when the computer is being sold after use. Reformatting helps delete personal data and the new user can install data as per his need. Reformatting should be done for the hard disk at least once in two years. However, frequent reformatting decreases the life of your hard disk.