Solved Dont know how to Format my pc

November 29, 2011 at 03:35:35
Specs: Windows 7
hi..,it is my first time to format a computer, i would like to ask first if it is okay if i just only use a usb if i format my pc? and for me not to be able to go inside BIOs thing...coz i dont know how to go inside and scared of setting everything there, if i format my pc, do i need to back up everythin? if i do back up it all, then those that has been infected by virus will be copied also? thanks in advance for am badly needed ur advice on this...

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#1
November 29, 2011 at 07:03:56
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Formatting means to completely erase the hard drive & setup a new file system. It does NOT mean to reinstall Windows - that is an entirely separate process. Formatting is usually accomplished by booting off a Windows disk, but can also be done using 3rd party software specifically designed for partitioning & formatting. How do you plan on doing it from USB?

Once formatted, the drive can either be used for data storage or an Operating System (windows) can be installed. Once the OS is installed, all the hardware drivers, Windows updates, anti-virus program & all the other software you wish to use will have to be installed. It will likely take several hours.


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#2
November 29, 2011 at 07:34:27
"if i do back up it all, then those that has been infected by virus will be copied also?"

Yes, if you back up infected files, then restore them, there is a very good chance the virus will re-infect your system. It would also depend on the file type. If your talking about picture files like bmp's and jpg's, then those won't be infected. Word and Excel documents could contain macro viruses but very unlikely. Executables could definately contain a virus


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#3
November 29, 2011 at 09:43:23
Why do you want to format?

Or, do you just need to do a fresh install.

Most modern pc's have a recovery partition or DVD's. If this is the case it will be easier to reinstall this way rather than from scratch.

BUT, beware, you will lose all documents & program installed after you got the pc. So, save pictures & documents before reinstalling.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#4
November 29, 2011 at 18:26:29
hi., thnks for ur information, how about usb-bootable? but still i dont have it, it might be thats my add'l q's of how to have it n how much gigabytes do i need to prepare for me to have it, would it be same instead of using cd. thanks much.

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#5
November 29, 2011 at 18:29:00
hi thx thanks much for the information..appreciate much, am very much learnin on this, ill keep in mind that executable precisely much contain viruses..

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#6
November 29, 2011 at 18:35:54
hi clive, got a an antivirus installed., n i think everythin gets worsen here, and also would like to xperience how to format my pc, thats y it will be fine if i start it from the scratch. thnks again, hoping for your additional info..

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#7
November 29, 2011 at 20:45:29
... forgive me for being brutally honest but it seems to me that with your limited experience you would be better off handing your PC to a technician who knows what he is doing.

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#8
November 29, 2011 at 21:15:32
thnks for your honesty ewan.,for the meantime, i will wait for the others who know how also and who's willing to help.

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#9
November 30, 2011 at 04:00:30
Formatting and reinstalling the os and programs is not difficult if you collect the proper tools before starting or have another running computer. Remember always backup everything you might need. I find the best method is to start with a new empty hard drive.

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#10
November 30, 2011 at 09:19:18
What media do you have your windows 7 on? DVD's?

You mention bootable usb, it will take some doing, to make a windows 7 bootable usb.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#11
November 30, 2011 at 16:13:46
i dont have any dvd rom on my pc, thats why i want to know how to format my pc-desktop using only usb...


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#12
November 30, 2011 at 20:08:35
Probably if you explained in detail the problem you have and what you are trying to accomplish then help would be more direct and specific.
IF you are trying to wipe your hard drive because a particularly bad infection and want to start with a completely fresh install and save just your personal files, and this is a computer that was purchased with Windows preinstalled by a major manufacturer, then it really is not too difficult to do this.
1- Use an external drive (preferably an external hard drive) to back up your files (do not try to save programs, just files as in pictures, music, and documents).
2- Write down all settings you will need including ISP and email log ons and passwords, etc.
3- Gather together all install disks you may need to reinstall programs and download fresh installers for downloaded programs to a flash drive or other external for later install.
4- Download the latest system drivers for your system from mfg's website and save them also to external drive.
5- Use built in recovery partition (look at online manual for key combination at start up to access recovery console) or recovery disk set (available from mfg for a small price) to do a full factory restore. A factory restore will wipe out your hard drive and reinstall everything to exactly the way it was shipped out from the factory. Then you will need to reinstall and set it up like when you first got it.
This is relatively fast and easy if you are prepared ahead with everything you will need to return it to usable condition (personalized & set up).

If not, then tell us what you want.....

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#13
December 1, 2011 at 11:34:38
This post is like pulling teeth.

F****T the usb,

"had a built in dvd on my laptop, i cant use it to format my pc-desktop, coz i dont hav dvd rom on it."

WHAT!!!!

you are obviously not listening. But gparted http://gparted.sourceforge.net/live...

will allow you to create a disk on DVD or usb so you can format your hard drive.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#14
December 1, 2011 at 15:26:26
I made a comment in #7 which still holds good. The OP is best advised to have done professionally whatever needs doing, this whole exercise can only end in tears.

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