23 May 08
I used to format my computer every time it got infected but now I do a bit of search about the virus on the net and try to remove them manually, that is when my anti virus can't. By the way it takes most of a days' part to first format a computer and then to reinstall it all the way to what it was.
23 May 08
Hi, I do format my PC. I hate to do it but I don't have other choice because viruses attack my PC until it can't function properly. Usually, it takes 1 and a half hours to install the operating system. Then, I will spend almost 3 hours to install all the drivers and programs I use. I hope I don't need to format my computer because all the data in the computer will be lost. Now, I create partition for it so that I can only format one partition and my data can be restored after I install everthing.
1 Jun 08
Usually it takes about an hour or two to get my computer working again (OS and other programs installed). I only format / reinstall my OS when it cannot be repaired anymore by simple virus scanning / cleanup / defragmenting / etc. (usually when my computer has had another case of BSoD).
• United States
31 May 08
Yes i do know how to do it. It takes about an hour hour and a half to get windows reinstalled. Getting all of my programs reinstalled and everything probably takes about a day or so by the time i'm done and have everything the way i want it again.
25 May 08
It is not hard to format your PC but it just take quite sometimes to do it. Windows XP boot CD actually have the application to format your Hard disk when you are about to install it. It will prompt you whether you to reformat or not. The length of time to take in formatting a disk is depending on the capacity of the disk. The larger the space the longer it takes especially when you have all the disk occupy with programs you have installed. Other application software you can use is call partition magic. You can format and partition your hard disk into few partitions. This is a good software you can download for free from the bittorrent site like mininova.org. That is only if your country support illegal download he he.
24 May 08
formatting the pc doesnt take much time..its re-installation of windows or any os which takes a lot of time..i usually format when there is any serious virus threats..if my antivirus fails to solve problem even after updating then i format the infected drive..
24 May 08
Formating the pc doesn't take much time. For reinstalling the WINDOWS it takes around 45 minutes. The rest is time for installing ur favorite softwares, time depends from the softwares you need to install. If you are formatting the pc to get rid of the virus or any other problems, Better you keep a backup after you completely reinstall windows and install all the softwares. So that you can restore the whole thing in less than 2 minutes using the DRIVE RESTORE. I use NERO BACKIT UP to create and restore backups. It is very easy to use tool from nero. First you need to create a bootable cd using backit up tool. and you boot from the cd and create a backup for your hard drive and you can restore the backup when some thing GOES WRONG... HAPPY COMPUTING
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
24 May 08
i also know to format, i do it only when i get a really nasty virus or some dialer, this happend very often so im secure for atleast a year or two without formating, but now im exyperienced a other problem and that is that my hard drive is damaged from some corruption or something like that so i need to format them in order to be able to use him, its good that i can atleast save some data from him before formatting him
23 May 08
i usually format my pc when in clean install my computer, i takes about 2 hour (45 min for OS installation and the rest for reinstall my old program) i install many software in my pc, because i need it. but right now i only use image prefer than format my pc, its save my time alot. if i'am using image to reinstall my PC it's on takes about 5 min including all the software i already installed