Save money by doing the maintenance yourself. Retail stores typically charge sixty dollars or more to complete a computer reformatting process. That is $60/hr! Why would someone pay this when it is so simple following these steps?
Tools needed for completion:
1) Windows-based personal computer
2) Windows Vista Re-installation Disc
3) External Memory Storage
Note: All Windows-based PCs are shipped new with a re-installation disc. The Windows Vista re-installation disc is a DVD, therefore a DVD drive is required.
Note: External memory storage comes in many forms and must be chosen based on the amount of storage needed. Shown are two examples, an external USB hard drive and a USB flash drive.
Note: Although this process is shown using Windows Vista, the process is very similar for most other operating systems.
Step 1: Backup files
A. Select files to be copied then either:
Option 1. Drag and drop onto hard drive
Option 2. Copy and paste onto hard drive
Note: USB flash drive shown in photograph is not required but may be used in place of the external hard drive depending on the amount of memory needed.