What will happen if I format my computer/hard disk?
Formatting a computer hard driveu00c2u00a0means that All the data on the specified hard drive (or partition) will be deletedu00c2u00a0(Partition – Separated division of the hard drive, most computers have two partition’s C:, D: ). Therefore, it is very important tou00c2u00a0back upu00c2u00a0any information (documents, programs, personal pictures or documents) and most important – All info that you may need fromu00c2u00a0My Documentsu00c2u00a0folder, anything you may need later. My Document’s folder is located in the same windows XP partition that we will format. The best practice is to back up all of the files to another partition (we will format only C: ), so you can safely copy/paste all files to for example – D:, E: and so on,u00c2u00a0or burn CD/DVD disku00c2u00a0.
- If you are going to be formatting and installing XP, you must be sure that you have the discs for any applications or third party hardware (Drivers CD – usually supplied with the PC) you use since you will need tou00c2u00a0re-installyour programs and drivers after formatting your hard drive and re-installing Windows.u00c2u00a0
- I must put into attention back-up of your data on your hard drive. Take a moment to think of anything that you have on the computer that you wouldn’t want to lose. Most often, people store data into My Documents folder, and also you would want to save things like your favorites or bookmarks from your Web browser. Remember thatu00c2u00a0each useru00c2u00a0on your computer has his/her own My Documents folder, Desktop items and Favorites/Bookmarks.u00c2u00a0
- Save everything to a CD, DVD or a hard drive partition that you won’t be formatting (again-we will format only “C:” )
If you have back-up of all files/docs you need, you are safe to continue.