In under an hour your personal computer can be running as good as new! Over time a computer is bogged down by all the programs and files added to it. Eventually this will cause severe disorganization in the hard drive and greatly reduce how quickly your computer can process stored information. Reformatting the hard drive erases all the information that has built up in the storage memory of a computer. This brings the hard drive back to its original state, allowing for an operating system to be freshly installed. Once this is done, the computer will operate like it was just pulled out of the box!
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
Create backup copies of all the personal files that need to be saved:
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.