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ReFormatting Your Hard Drive: Your Last Option

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Your hard drive is working perfectly. You¡¯re computing and
working steadily with the computer as your friend, when
suddenly, you start receiving error messages.Your computer
starts stalling and worst of all; you get the blue screen of
death.You may have picked up a vicious virus or a worm that
has affected the performance of your computer.
Maybe you receive a message such as ¡°this program
performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.¡±
These error messages, freezes, and stalling can be caused by
several different problems. You may have added new
hardware that is not matched to your computer
components, or may even be defective. Electric Static
Discharge can make a computer go haywire. Some versions
of Windows actually came with a bug that can cause these
computer problems. You may have installed new software
that may have bugs that can cause problems or it could be a
combination of all the above.
There are several ways you can correct these problems
without totally formatting a hard drive.Several programs on
the market will help you clean up your computerand get it
running properly again. These can be bought either through
the Internet or at a local retailer.
Every Windows system has a registry. That system registry
holds a lot of information about your computer. You may
have software that you are no longer using or software that
was not properly removed causing your computer to hang
up or freeze. Removing these and cleaning up the registry
will sometimes fix the problems of a sluggish or freezing
The most common problem with computer hang-ups is often
caused by the video driver.The video driver will have new
demands that it may not be able to handle. You can
sometimes fix this problem by finding the exact make and
model of your video card, then downloading and installing
the latest drivers from that company¡¯s web site.
Sometimes,clearing out softwarethat you no longer use or
uninstalling software and reinstalling will clear up any
problems you are experiencing. This is something you should
try before reformatting. Look at your files, are there any
software programs that you no longer need or use? If so,
then uninstall them, free up room on your hard drive.
You will probably want to try to fix your sluggish computer
by trying other options available before your turn to
reformatting your hard drive. Sometimes, that¡¯s the only
action that can repair your sluggish computer.
Reformatting a hard drive is not something you should do
unless all other avenues have been explored.Clearing and
reformatting a hard drive is a huge challenge and if you do it
wrong, it will make your computer worthless. First, back up
any information that is important to you. Second, gather all
the needed software and original CD¡¯s and start up disks
that came with your computer purchase. Be sure you have
your Windows Certificate of Authenticity at hand also.
If you¡¯re lucky, you may have a ¡°Restore Disk¡± that came
with your computer that you can be used. In addition,
manufacturers will sometimes provide the system restore
information right on the hard drive. Instructions for these
methods of reformatting should have been included in your
computer package and are specific to each computer
Do you have added software that you use on a regular basis?
You should have that software disc available as well. Go to
your control panel and open the system icon. Under the
hardware tab, you will find the Device Manager. Make a list of
all the devices and drivers that you are currently using.
If you are using a Windows NT or older system, you will need
to boot your computer from the Windows CD and then follow
the prompts. It will give you the choice of repairing your
Windows Installation, performing a clean installation of
Windows, reformatting your hard drive or deleting everything
and starting over from scratch. Remember, this is a drastic
step and should only be done if all else has failed, AND after
you have backed up all-important information.
If you¡¯ve done all that¡¯s possible and reformatting is your
only recourse, then follow the above steps and start with a
clean slate.
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