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How often do you reformat your personal computer?

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How often do you reformat your personal computer?

Paper_boy558
Personally in the past i often formatted my laptop every two months or so because i often experimented with the operating system and broke something or just trying out a new setup. Currently i haven't formatted for almost year because 1: I don't see the need right now. 2: I don't have enough backup space to backup everything that is on my machine. What is your reason for reformatting (or not) your personal machine?
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    Jacy757

    I prefer to format it less only when it requires. Only What I do is regular maintenance and updating Anti-virus and it never lead me to formatting situation.

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    jack.klaber

    Mostly by following standard housekeeping rules like UMzY already mentioned. Even replacing disks by larger capacity is done by copying the image of the old disk and then using partitioning utility to adjust the new partition sizes.

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    steve

    Lets see 9.10 10.04 10.10 11.04 ...
    Maybe less often now that I have moved from Ubuntu to Mint Linux, but by having my System files separated from my data files, it is not too traumatic and I get to run the latest OS available, and quite happily on my 7 or so year old Laptop.

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    Slayer_

    So I split it into partitions, then formatted them to FAT32.
    Even on my XP machine, which has had an install since 2005, when I changed my mobo, I just installed over-top of my old install, keeping my files intact. I still got the performance boost from having a clean install.

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    Threv

    Wheter I needed it or not. I keep my Data on seprate drives and my apps and Serials copied up to a File Server. Now with Win7 I've only had to to restore from the Windows home server image backup (which totally rocks) once and only because I got a zero day virus/Malware that was not indentifiable/cleanable by anything. If you can't identify it and know exactly what it touched then you are NEVER secure. Nuke that shizzle from Orbit it's the only way to be sure.

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    rmycroft2000

    Linux, never. It just works.

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    Altanore

    Once a year or two... however it is quick for me since all I really have to backup is bookmarks and a few minor things because all my personal data is stored on a separate hard drive. I don't keep anything like that on the C drive.

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    Jacy757

    I prefer to format it less only when it requires. Only What I do is regular maintenance and updating Anti-virus and it never lead me to formatting situation.

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    jack.klaber

    Mostly by following standard housekeeping rules like UMzY already mentioned. Even replacing disks by larger capacity is done by copying the image of the old disk and then using partitioning utility to adjust the new partition sizes.

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    steve

    Lets see 9.10 10.04 10.10 11.04 ...
    Maybe less often now that I have moved from Ubuntu to Mint Linux, but by having my System files separated from my data files, it is not too traumatic and I get to run the latest OS available, and quite happily on my 7 or so year old Laptop.

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    Slayer_

    So I split it into partitions, then formatted them to FAT32.
    Even on my XP machine, which has had an install since 2005, when I changed my mobo, I just installed over-top of my old install, keeping my files intact. I still got the performance boost from having a clean install.

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    Threv

    Wheter I needed it or not. I keep my Data on seprate drives and my apps and Serials copied up to a File Server. Now with Win7 I've only had to to restore from the Windows home server image backup (which totally rocks) once and only because I got a zero day virus/Malware that was not indentifiable/cleanable by anything. If you can't identify it and know exactly what it touched then you are NEVER secure. Nuke that shizzle from Orbit it's the only way to be sure.

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    rmycroft2000

    Linux, never. It just works.

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    Altanore

    Once a year or two... however it is quick for me since all I really have to backup is bookmarks and a few minor things because all my personal data is stored on a separate hard drive. I don't keep anything like that on the C drive.