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How often do you reformat your PC?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Hardware' started by Madengineer, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. mAJORD

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    How often: litle as possible - years now

    Why not 6 months: Because its not Windows 95
     
  2. pwlm1975

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    Haven't reformatted since putting W10 in about 2.5 years ago. No real need to now, it's much easier to see where the crap is collecting and eliminate it. Storage space is much bigger than it was back in XP days. Not much point making a schedule of it nowadays.

    I do remember doing it at least once a year with Windows 98, that OS was a broken piece of crap that was just not stable.
     
  3. FIREWIRE1394

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    Here’s a guide:
    Windows 95: every 2 years
    Windows 98: every 2 months
    Windows XP: every year
    Windows 7: every 5 years
    Windows 10: every 5 years or when an update fucks the whole thing up whichever comes first.

    Linux: never
    OS X: what’s a format? Just buy a new one.
     
  4. Perko

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    FTFY
     
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  5. pwlm1975

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    Made me giggle. Windows 10? Believe me, the latter will happen first :lol: Been lucky with mine, only reinstall I did was moving it off my HDD onto an SSD (decided clean was the better way to go) early on in the piece.
     
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  6. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Every five years when LTS runs out, in that time my OS is usually rock stable and the updater does what I want it to do. ;)
     
  7. Soarer GT

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    When the HDD dies.

    Who the hell reformats on a schedule. I've got better stuff to do.
     
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  8. Catweazle

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    Best reply in the thread, right there!

    Hell, other than for a better graphics card and maybe some of the funny little low capacity memory card hard drives, there hasn't even been a meaningful reason to UPGRADE a half decent PC in the past 5 or 6 years, let alone wipe one and start over. Not if your PC is for use rather than for generating epeen numbers, anyway :D
     
  9. Perko

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    The only numbers some people in this thread are generating is SSD write totals... And SSD sales.
     
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  10. GumbyNoTalent

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    sudo do-release-upgrade
     
  11. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Not a fan of in place upgrades, they rarely go as planned. After five years a reformat and reinstall is reasonable in my book, especially five years of trouble free operation.
     
  12. Catweazle

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    My pedanticism I suppose, but seeing that term used always makes me smile. It's basically been obsolete since Win98 died, coz a 'clean install' of anything later requires unallocated drive space in order to be done properly anyways. Nowadays it's 'delete partition and reinstall' :D
     
  13. power

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    the partition is formatted. So much for pedanticism.
     
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  14. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    Kinda what I was thinking..:confused:
     
  15. Catweazle

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    The partition is created and formatted by the OS installation routine, hence the redundancy of the term. User no longer has to perform the two steps, and hasn't had to for a very long time. The term has simply persisted in use, is all :)
     
  16. power

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    doesn't mean it isn't happening. also not all installs require a fresh partition you can install over the top.

    don't be pedantic for no good reason.

    saying formatting indicates that the OS partition is wiped. you don't even need to delete the partition if you don't want to you can just format it instead.

    i know i've been deleting it and allowing the os to format since xp - not all users do this.
     
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  17. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    No one on earth that I know of. Per needs basis, always has been.
     
  18. th3_hawk

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    I reformatted (although using the built in reset tool) my Surface Pro 3 for the first time ever (bought in 2014) this week. It had an inplace upgrade of Windows 8.1 to 10 done when 10 was released but has been completely untouched otherwise. Mostly I just wanted to start fresh and sync a few things up with my new Laptop and make sure I had apps/stuff available on both.

    Once upon a time it was 6 months (Windows 9x days, XP saw that at more like 12 months and Windows 7 onwards basically never.

    I do have some Windows XP VM's that have been running for almost 10 years, but they are for a single task, nothing installed but the one app they are built for so there is no cruft developing (and they never run unless they are actually being used).
     

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