SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Apache Expert i_like_php's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    1,342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    About reformatting?

    ok can someone kindly tell me what does reformatting a drive do?
    i love php

  2. #2
    gingham dress, army boots... silver trophy redux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Salford / Manchester / UK
    Posts
    4,838
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    re-formatting wipes all content from the drive...operating system that's installed on there, data, programs...everything. it's usually the last resort when fixing windows (format the drive and do a fresh installation. by formatting the drive first, you're making 100% sure that no traces of your previous installation are left on the drive).
    re·dux (adj.): brought back; returned. used postpositively
    [latin : re-, re- + dux, leader; see duke.]
    WaSP Accessibility Task Force Member
    splintered.co.uk | photographia.co.uk | redux.deviantart.com

  3. #3
    gingham dress, army boots... silver trophy redux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Salford / Manchester / UK
    Posts
    4,838
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    p.s.: was that question serious ?
    re·dux (adj.): brought back; returned. used postpositively
    [latin : re-, re- + dux, leader; see duke.]
    WaSP Accessibility Task Force Member
    splintered.co.uk | photographia.co.uk | redux.deviantart.com

  4. #4
    ..back with a vengeance... Ingoal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Benningen, Germany
    Posts
    6,260
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Hehe

    Originally posted by redux
    p.s.: was that question serious ?

    i think so
    Advisor - Community Team
    CHD-magician + + =
    Some of my sites: [1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10]
    Newest site: ZZ.GD - t dsn't gt mch shrtr thn tht

  5. #5
    ********* Genius zweistein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Croatia
    Posts
    290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the format command "prepares a disk for use with the MSDOS operating system", but it originally prepares any magnetical drive for use with any operating system.

    I reformat my hard drive about twice a year, almost every time with another OS .
    zweistein.web - tips&tricks for webmasters, music, programming, computers, Python, etc. new!!! English version, too!
    email | ICQ: 161202879 | AIM: zweistein2169

  6. #6
    Apache Expert i_like_php's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    1,342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yes redux the question was serious my computer has acting up and someone told me reformatting my computer would be best.
    i love php

  7. #7
    gingham dress, army boots... silver trophy redux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Salford / Manchester / UK
    Posts
    4,838
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    needless to say (?): make sure to make a backup of all your data/information onto floppy/cdr/zip/whatever before formatting. often overlooked: your outlook address book (export it as file and back it up), your internet connection settings, your emails (you can export them as .eml files as well. there is another way - copying out a specific folder in your windows directory which contains all your "application data" for outlook...but it's fussy).
    be also sure to have a boot floppy, or check if you can boot from the windows cd (works for win2k...not sure about other releases). also make sure you have all essential drivers to access your bare bones system (e.g. if you will boot from floppy first, make sure your floppy also has drivers for your cd drive...otherwise you'll format you HD, only to find out you then can't access your cdrom to start the windows installation )
    ah...so many things to look out for...i wish you the best of luck, matey...!

    format c:
    are you sure (y/n)?

    that's what a friend of mine calls "a*se clench moment"...
    re·dux (adj.): brought back; returned. used postpositively
    [latin : re-, re- + dux, leader; see duke.]
    WaSP Accessibility Task Force Member
    splintered.co.uk | photographia.co.uk | redux.deviantart.com

  8. #8
    eCommerce specialist hotnuts21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Aberystwyth, UK
    Posts
    1,355
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    OK,

    So you can export your internet connection files, your emails, and your address book as .eml files. But where do you go to export them??

    How do you find what to export, is there a setting in internet options or similar??
    Search & Rescue Aberystwyth Lifeboat
    CSS Tutorials/Guides

    Sitepoint signatures are not visible to Search Engines More info

  9. #9
    Your Lord and Master, Foamy gold trophy Hierophant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    Lancaster, Ca. USA
    Posts
    12,305
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For your internet connections, the easiest way to back them up is with these two little know gadgets called paper and pencil. Amazingly enough they work without electricity as well.

    For your email and address books in Outlook and Outlook Express you might try File -> Export.
    Wayne Luke
    ------------


  10. #10
    eCommerce specialist hotnuts21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Aberystwyth, UK
    Posts
    1,355
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Paper and what?? Dont know what you are talking about I will do a search on Google and see if i can download a copy or two.

    Sound good.

    Anyway,
    your outlook address book (export it as file and back it up), your internet connection settings, your emails (you can export them as .eml files as wel
    As some of my internet connection details, are a few years old and hardly used I cannot remember what the passwords are. using one of those pen and pencil things will be no good, if i can only wirte down a few *******

    That was why i asked,
    Search & Rescue Aberystwyth Lifeboat
    CSS Tutorials/Guides

    Sitepoint signatures are not visible to Search Engines More info

  11. #11
    gingham dress, army boots... silver trophy redux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Salford / Manchester / UK
    Posts
    4,838
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you could try and give Revelation2 a try http://www.snadboy.com/
    didn't work for me, but that's under Win2K (which has, thankfully, patched that particular security issue).
    something else i found while poking around...but this is probably for the experts only
    Internet Dial Up Password

    Have you ever wondered where Windows stores the Internet Connection Password when you
    have enabled the 'Save Password' option in the 'Connect To' dialog box of the dial up connection.
    Well this password is stored in the registry in the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\RemoteAccess\Profile\<connection name>

    If you view the above key in the registry Editor then it probably will not appear understandable. If
    you want to be able to understand the contents of this key and hence be able to edit this key,then
    you will have to export this particular key and view it in Notepad.The password is stored in stored
    as binary values and has to be converted into plantext ASCII before you are able to read it.
    from http://users.ldproxy.com/maniac/passwd.txt

    in the worst case, say goodbye to your old internet connections and switch to new ones
    re·dux (adj.): brought back; returned. used postpositively
    [latin : re-, re- + dux, leader; see duke.]
    WaSP Accessibility Task Force Member
    splintered.co.uk | photographia.co.uk | redux.deviantart.com

  12. #12
    Mlle. Ledoyen silver trophy seanf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    7,168
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    - Dragging your dial up connection onto your desktop should let you copy it onto a CD

    - Email in Outlook Express: Tools > Options > Maintenance, click on Store Folder and copy the path. Go to this folder and go one folder up to "Outlook Express" and you can copy this to a CD

    - Address book (Outlook Express): File > Export > Address Book

    Favorites are easy. If you had WinXP you would just need to copy your folder name and you would have most of your stuff! If you use Trillian make sure you grab the config files

    Sean
    Harry Potter

    -- You lived inside my world so softly
    -- Protected only by the kindness of your nature

  13. #13
    One website at a time mmj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Melbourne Australia
    Posts
    6,282
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by zweistein
    I reformat my hard drive about twice a year, almost every time with another OS .
    I tend not to reformat at all - I haven't really started again from scratch for years. Each time I upgrade my hard drive I just copy everything across. I reinstall windows sometimes - and of course I keep backups, but I've never actually reformatted from scratch.

    I do have a system. My hard drive is not a complete mess. My directory structure is so deep and so complex that I wouldn't want to start again.

    But if I had to, I could restore from CD. Getting a CD burner was a very good investment - it is so handy for when you have to take large files with you, and for backing things up.
    Last edited by mmj; Jun 15, 2002 at 07:55.
    [mmj] My magic jigsaw
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Bit Depth Blog · Twitter · Contact me
    Neon Javascript Framework · Jokes · Android stuff

  14. #14
    Your Lord and Master, Foamy gold trophy Hierophant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    Lancaster, Ca. USA
    Posts
    12,305
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hmmm.. And to think, I just set the 3 X 5 card that my provider sent me with my username and password on it in the safe for backup.

    Then again, I don't dial-up either so could actually retrieve the password from their website if I reformatted.
    Wayne Luke
    ------------


  15. #15
    ********* Genius zweistein's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Croatia
    Posts
    290
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Originally posted by mmj


    I tend not to reformat at all - I haven't really started again from scratch for years. Each time I upgrade my hard drive I just copy everything across. I reinstall windows sometimes - and of course I keep backups, but I've never actually reformatted from scratch.

    I do have a system. My hard drive is not a complete mess. My directory structure is so deep and so complex that I wouldn't want to start again.

    But if I had to, I could restore from CD. Getting a CD burner was a very good investment - it is so handy for when you have to take large files with you, and for backing things up.
    Well, I do it really really often, mostly because I try different kinds of software and my computer gets really slow (so slow the defragmenter doesn't help ). Then, I change operating systems very often (linux to windows 98, windows 98 to win2000, win2000 to XP, and so on...).
    zweistein.web - tips&tricks for webmasters, music, programming, computers, Python, etc. new!!! English version, too!
    email | ICQ: 161202879 | AIM: zweistein2169


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •