How to do full repartitioning and system setup
Thread poster: Steffen Pollex

Steffen Pollex  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:55
English to German
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Aug 1, 2007

Dear fellows!

I've been using my desktop PC for nearly 2 years now without doing new partitions and new system setup.

Now and then, I am experiencing speed issues etc., so I would like to do a full new formatting and system setup.

In the past, I had this done once a year by a friend - computer specialist who is now living quite far, so I would like to do it on my own.

My question is how I would have to proceed after backing up all data files and formatting the HDs.

What to install in what order?

May I simply copy the current contant of all HDs to an external HD and then, after reformatting my desktop HDs, copy it again to the newly formatted HDs?

I am aware my questions will seem stupid to many of you, but I am quite a rookie in these things.

Thank you for taking your time to advise me


[Edited at 2007-08-01 08:48]


Caroline Perron  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:55
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Formatting Aug 1, 2007

You can always transfer you data on an external HD to recover it after the formatting. I prefer burning data on a DVD, a little backup, but it's me.
It depends if you're using Windows (I played with Linux a bit but...). If so, when you are ready to format your HDs, boot your pc using your Windows cd. You should have a couple of options and one should be Clean Installation (for Vista) or Complete Installation (for XP, if I remember correctly). After selecting that, you should have the option to create your partitions after formatting. What I suggest is to create one for the operating system so Windows don't install stuff everywhere and you can create as many partitions as you would like after.
I think the most important thing after formatting is to get all the critical updates for your OS, install drivers for motherboard, reinstall Office and the rest.

One important thing: Make sure you have a genuine copy of Windows, again if you're using it, because their Genuine Advantage Tool can be pretty annoying...

I think that's about it!

Good luck!


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