708Re: [NTO]Reformat C:\ drive
- Jul 6, 2000Bill wrote:
> My hard drive is divided into C: and D: and I have wanted to reformat my C:I know this post was mainly for Jody but as I've had more experience
> drive for quite some time; however, it would be my first attempt and have
> been procrastinating (anticipating many unexpected surprises of things I
> will no doubt overlook). When I saw your post I wondered if I could ask you
> your overall strategy and approach knowing you will be doing this "a few
> times a year". Can you pass along any tips and tricks for the beginner? Like
> how do you organize your hard drive, do you have more than two partitions?
> How long does it take you approximately to format and then re-install
> applications and your customized settings?
with this than I would like, I thought I'd throw in a few suggestions.
Hope they help. Reformatting and re-installing everything is not a quick
process, the last one I did took me all day and 20 something re-boots.
First try to make a list of everything you have installed. It's really
aggravating to be working along and then discover you didn't install
something. If you have any applications installed on the D: drive, I
would go ahead and un-install them, you'll have to re-install anyway.
Save any customized settings or files you want to keep somewhere else on
the D: drive before you un-install. More about that next.
Backup all your data and anything else you might need. This sounds
easier than it is, most of the space is taken up by program files, which
you're going to re-install anyway and don't need to back up. If you have
CD-RW's or a big tape drive or something, it wouldn't be a bad idea to
just back up the entire C: drive. If you don't have those available,
copy all your data you want to keep onto the D: drive. This includes all
your documents, spreadsheets, etc. as well as internet bookmarks or
favorites, special wallpaper, and so forth. Basically anything that
isn't directly replaceable. customized setting are generally stored in
.ini files, so if you have a program you've worked on quite a bit and
changed the setting significantly, look for the .ini file and copy it
over. If the configuration is stored in the registry, you'll just have
to do it over, as finding and saving it will be more trouble than it's
After double and triple checking to make sure you haven't missed
anything, it's time to reformat. Exactly how you do this will depend on
your computer so I'm not sure how much I can help you with that or if
you need any help. I usually boot from a DOS diskette, format the HD and
then install DOS and drivers for the CD-ROM drive so I can install
Windows from the CD. With NT it was easier as I could just boot off the
CD to install the OS.
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