Format c: the only and the best solution to PC problems

@iDivision (1414)
Latvia
October 5, 2010 6:26am CST
yes. I tried it several times and i can assure you all that its the only possible way to clean and then speed up your PC. I am doing format c; on my workstation PC which runs on windows XP SP3 once every year and thats the only way how i still can work with programs like Autocad Civil 3d and others on such an old computer like mine - pentium 4 2ghz, 512 RAM, GEFORCE 64BIT. i am using auslogics registry cleaner and disc defragmenter and also Ccleaner but still my work PC getting slower every week. how about you?
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@paige4evr (118)
• Estonia
5 Oct 10
I know about this, but it seems like too much hassle to backup everything, and then reinstall all the programs and not to mention losing the bookmarks as well and to start recustomizing everything etc. I don't really use graphics programs or play pc games so I don't really need the extra speed that much.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
6 Oct 10
you lnow - at work i am not playing game or anything like that, i am just working and sometimes browsing the net, but still my PC slowing down fast. maybe thats because i have cd with windows XP SP1 installation and only after installing nit on my PC i downloading SP3 and the rest tons of updates.
• India
6 Oct 10
lol..cant even think how yu run AutoCAD on pentium 4. Well, i was introduced to AutoCAD for the first time in year 2007 as a subject in my college.And i used AutoCAD 2006 for this purpose. It ran quite well in my system (at that time), Core 2 Duo,32MB On-board graphics,1GB DDR2 RAM. And at college,we have the Pentium D running with 512MB RAM to run AutoCAD. btw, why dont you just download the offline SP3 update package and integrate it with your XP SP1 cd. That would be a wiser option as after that, you can directly install XP-SP3 without actually installing XP-SP1 and after that updating it. If you have XP-SP1, then this process will need Offline SP2 package as well as SP3 package.But this upgradation would save you from the hassles which you face in future(again installing SP1 and then updating to SP3). This will save your time and internet bandwidth also.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
6 Oct 10
My first Autocad was Autocad 2000. From that time i have tried all of them (2000-2011) including all Autodesk Civil 3D versions. I must say Autocad 2004 was the best for me on my PC - it was fast, with low crashes % and its not secret that between .dwg 2000, dwg 2004 and .dwg 2007 the less space have 2004 year save file.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
9 Oct 10
The issue is your RAM you have to little of ram the slow down is coming from your CPU is having to move things in and out of ram as the Autocad program needs 2 GB to be used efficiently so your CPU is running out of RAM and is having to place things on to the Hard Drive to have in a form called virtual memory this will cause your disk to defrag and also your processor to have to wait on the hard drive to spin and cache the information and send it to the processor to be processed and sent back what you need to do is upgrade your ram to at least 2 GBs. The formating C:/ doesn't fix anything it is the lack of physical memory on the motherboard that is causing the computer to slow down as I am assuming you are working on projects and as those projects get more and more complexed more physical memory space is required to have everything displayed in your projects so your PC just needs a small RAM upgrade to at least 2 gb and that should fix it. I am a gamer and am running a Pentium 4 HT 3.19ghz 2 GB of ram it will speed the computer up also getting rid of as many startup programs as possible will help free up some much needed ram on your PC have a great day!
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
9 Oct 10
Nice answer, thanks for that :) The problem is that company where i am working at is hit by crysis alot, so we have huge lack of money now - even for such a little thing as RAM. Yesterday at work three times i saw windows xp popup with text "blablabla.. virtual memory is low" :|
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
9 Oct 10
yeah that is it telling you that it is running low on enough virtual memory to house the programs that are running and one of them you can't turn off being the OS. Any time windows or any other OS comes up with a warning mentioning virtual memory they are talking RAM (Random Access Memory).
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
9 Oct 10
Although i increased virtual memory size allready, but that doeasnt change the fact that my PC have inserted 1 slot of 512ram :D
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
8 Oct 10
I format my hard drive only as a last measure: when repairing the OS doesn't resolve the issue or the system has been overrun by viruses. I also use an offline desktop (P4, 2.4MHz, 512RAM, 80Gb HDD, all IO's onboard) and it is still running good for quite some time now. I observed a little bit of slowdown though but it still loads my graphics(Correl X3) and mapping softwares (Arcview 3.1 and GlobalMapper 11) at reasonable speeds (15 seconds at most). The only disadvantage of formatting c partition is the hassle of reinstalling the chipsets and applications over again, which may take about four hours more or less. That can only be done overnight or on weekends where the volume of work is lesser. Nevertheless, as you said, there's no other way to clean up the system and put it up to running speed once again. Which reminds me to re schedule that task on my desktop which has been long overdue for another formatting session. The last was done two years ago, if memory serves me right.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
8 Oct 10
ok, but how often you preparing your PC to a new OS? :) For me its once a year.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
9 Oct 10
Hi there iDivision: As I've said, I only format my HDD when it comes to a major crash, i.e. when an application doesn't respond or kept on crashing or when the OS fails to load properly. So far, that has not yet happened in the past three years now. I am more careful to scan and debug my online files before downloading them to my offline PC. Once upon a time, when I am quite naive about viruses, I have to renew my system OS almost every six months.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
9 Oct 10
hehe. now i dont have any realtime antivirus shield installed on home PC since it is with Windows 7 and once a week i do full scan for viruses and spyware with Spyware terminator+Clamvin Antivirus. At work where i have PC with windows xp i have awesome firewall managed by our network administrator, so there situation is the same, but if there would not be such a firewall i think my XP would been killed in some weeks :D
• India
6 Oct 10
Yes, i agree with your point. Even i had a habit to format my system's C Drive(also another drive with other OS). But i format my OS drive once in every 3-4 months to remove the old registries, applications and other junk residing in my system and made a new room for new applications. As,i'm an Engineering student majoring in IT,so in each semester, we are introduced to new application and technology. So, formatting the C Drive is very helpful for me and it saves me from the hassles of uninstalling the older software and installing the newer ones. Also, it made my pc run faster which is my utmost requirement.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
8 Oct 10
woohoo. once in 3-4 months!? thats incredible! That means that you use some programs backup tools and when reinstall windows you install all of those programs too?
• India
8 Oct 10
NO, i dont use any backup tool for primary purposes but they are reserved only for any critical situation. I've made a complete backup of Windows XP with all the drivers and updates installed with Acronis Backup Suite. But now, i primarily use Windows 7 and i just copy the "Documents" folder of C drive into another partition specially created for backup purpose. Here all my backups of earlier installation goes and i arrange them according to the semester and date. And once in year(in my 2 months vacation i.e. in June-July), i manage and sort those different backup folders according to application and remove the files which are not needed and compress them for archival purpose for future use. As my each semester is roughly around 4-5 months, so i format the system according to the commencement of every new semester.That trick is very useful for the students and it really helps a lot.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
9 Oct 10
One my friend working in IT company as system administrator. He told me how they dealing with these situations - they connect via network PC which needs help to their own PC. On their PC is a special program who copy-paste windows with programs on hard drive and after that PC is almost ready to go :) Sounds incredible, but thats how i understand it from what he told me.
@alex8288 (292)
• Philippines
11 Oct 10
yes i'm using this technique on my computer shop. i got a lot of computer so scanning them one by one is very time consuming and its not 100% sure that it will take out all the virus. so what i did is transfer all my important files to drive D:\ even my documents is on drive D:\ so that there is no files to be backup when formating my Drive C:\. home my idea works with you all.
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@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
11 Oct 10
I use the same method for my two pc. all installs goes to C:\ while the rest files - photos, documents etc i placing under D:\ and the rest disc partitions :)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Instead of that I would probably do a single fresh reinstall of Windows, install Autocad and whatever other programs you need, and create a system restore point right after. Then just keep your files on an external hard drive or flash drive and whenever your comp wigs out or slows down, just run the system restore to that date and time. Note also that hard drives do tend to spin slower over time, so if your programs are data-intensive and reading from the hard drive a lot, you will notice a significant slowness as compared to before. The easiest way to notice this issue is if you do a reinstall and it is still almost just as slow. Lastly, you should toss some more RAM in there. 512MB is just too low nowadays, even for XP. 1-1.5 GB at least!
@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
9 Oct 10
yeah. I say 4gb and my Autocad will work as a cosmoss station :D lol
@RamRes (1725)
• Argentina
6 Oct 10
No way, formating is an extreme measure, that only comes when everything else fails. There are many factors that affect the performance, such as hardware, installed software, and the usage you give to it. I also note, your PC is a little short of RAM for XP, 512 plus Autocad and such can collapse quickly. It's a fact, every Windows instalation degrades itself over time, and becomes slower and slower, this is a consequence of the very buggy internal programming Windows has. But there are many ways to give some speed: disabling services, shut down resident programs, checking everything that's running, put a good antivirus in place and take caution in which webpages you visit and software you install. Run frequently maintenance programs, like defragmentator, ccleaner and such. If all that fails, or a virus sneaks past your antivirus and is not possible to delete it, maybe you can think on reinstall Windows (NOT format your hard disk), keep all programs in place and most important all data there, safe from deletion. Formating to speed up is an overkill, just like prevent your system from being destroyed by a virus by destroying it yourself. Nonsense.
@iDivision (1414)
• Latvia
6 Oct 10
make. i tried everything you discribed - i am using cclener on system startup - it cleans everything out every single day. also i have registry cleaners and i am defragmenting my hard drives once a week, but still problem exists. I dont have any viruses or spyware on my PC, and i haveonly some 10 maybe programs installed on my PC.