Ever felt that your computer is damn slow and all the programs are lagging? Well there might be multiple reasons so as to why this is happening, but if you want a temporary and quick solution then this blog is for you. In this blog, we will talk about how to format a laptop.
What does it mean to Format Laptop?
Formatting a laptop hard drive implies to create a partition on your hard drive that is used by your operating system to run all basic processes on your laptop. Once you delete all the data on this partition, you will set up a new file system to set a whole new set of functioning files
Windows uses the disk management tool or a format command. The format command is a line of direct command that is typed into an interface (command prompt) and runs on the system.
The hard drive may or may not be partitioned on your laptop. Hence, this process is called reformatting while there might or might not exist a partition already.
When is the need to format a laptop?
Formatting your hard drive will delete all data from the drive. You can then reload all your important software, applications and backed up data onto your systems.
If you are not careful, you might lose all the software, so it is really important to have a proper backup.
You might need formatting in following scenarios:
- Virus corrupted files reduce the efficiency of your system. It is faster and safer to format your hard drive within an hour than to waste days over fixing every error manually.
- You might also want to format if you intend to upgrade your existing operating system. If your laptop has an outdated operating system and you want to upgrade the settings to the latest version of the software, full formatting is your only logical option.
Lastly if your laptop is lagging way too much, you can use formatting to better its speed performance. However, sometimes the issue might be with the hardware, so check if that is not the problem with your situation
To successfully format your laptop hard drive you will need –
- Drivers on your device
- Operating system CD for installation
- Software CDs for re-installation after formatting
- Back-up storage medium
How to format laptop?
Make sure all essential files on your laptop hard drive are backed up on the back up storage medium. These can be external hard drives, DVDs or Flash drives.
Check if you have all your device drivers before starting installation. If your laptop came with an original operating system installation, either you must have the installation CD or you have to burn it beforehand from an existing partition on your laptop.
You should have a utility or CD burning software on your laptop, which will allow you to burn the operating system installation files from your hidden hard drive partition on to a CD.
You can confirm the existence of the files by either pressing F8 or F10 when starting up your computer.
Check if all essential software installation files are saved on an alternate storage medium. When downloading any software from the internet ensure that you have backed up the installation files on an outside medium.
Insert the operating system installation CD in the DVD or CD drive on your laptop. Now boot up the computer.
If you are directly formatting from the hidden partition available on your laptop, start up your system, and then press the shortcut keys F8 or F10. Now follow the instructions that come up on the screen.
You should do a full system recovery and install the Windows operating system to complete reformatting your laptop.
Install an anti-malware program on the laptop. You should also check and adjust firewall settings to reinforce your computer’s security system.
Connect the backup storage media to the laptop and transfer all essential files back on to the system. You should re-install functional software that is most essential for your work. This conclusively completes full formatting of your windows laptop.