Should I Wipe HDD Before Installing New OS?

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  1. TALLandNcharge

    TALLandNcharge New Member

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    I'm downgrading, or upgrading, my notebook from Vista Home Premium to XP Professional. Should I run a program like Derik's Boot and Nuke and erase my HDD before I do? Will I notice a speed difference or anything like that? I heard Windows' built-in format that runs before the install dosen't get everything.
     
  2. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i usually just do a quick format
    never had trouble
     
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    :werd: quick format.
     
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    TALLandNcharge New Member

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    You mean the option it gives you during the Windows installation and not a 3rd party program?
     
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    always full format the first time you install a new drive, if you're just reinstalling your OS, then quick if good enough.
     
  7. Peyomp

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    Why not a full format with error checking? Check your ram too.
     
  8. Casey

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    Full format.
     
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    full format is a waste 99.9% of the time. Don't bother.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    "It doesn't get everything" is true from a forensic point of view - something you might do if you were selling the computer/drive. But if you're re-using it, there's no need to do anything but a quick format.
     
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    quick
     
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    Since it's a new drive, quick. If it was an older drive, then full (to remap any bad blocks).
     

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