When viruses acquired by the continued use of the device, the remains of small files left by the programs or the very weight of the documents on the computer make their use impossible, slowing down to exhaustion whatever operation you want to carry out, no matter how small, maybe it’s time to consider format the hard drive and start over.
Although modern computers increasingly bring more storage space and removable hard drives have made it easy not to overload them with thousands of files, the problem of viruses persists and, although they are not active, over the years they are making it increasingly difficult to carry out certain actions. Therefore, below we see how to format a Windows 7, 8 or 10 computer, the most common models on the market, safely.
There are two types of format, the first is the system drive format (default is disk C), in which generally after entering the operating system, the system disk cannot be formatted directly, and it can only be achieved in the process of installing an operating system.
The second is for him non-system disk format (defaults to D, E, etc.). After turning on the computer, you simply have to right-click on the disk and select the format. Keep in mind that the contents of the disc will be erased and cannot be recovered, so you need to make sure you create a backup before you start formatting.
Format Windows 10 with Restore this PC
The methods to format a Windows computer are various, but when it comes to Windows 10, the process is pretty fast and not difficult at all. In fact, the entire procedure is carried out with a handy interface and a step-by-step guide. Take note!
- The menu is clicked Start, in the lower left corner, and then on the gear icon to open Setting.
- On the Settings home page, select Update and security and then the tab Recovery in the left panel.
- Then you have to check the available options. Restore this PC It is exactly the option that will be carried out, but you can also see others that can solve some problems in Windows 10.
- On Advanced startup there will be many suboptions, such as booting from a bootable USB drive, changing Windows startup settings, or restoring from a system image.
- Then click on the button Begin, under Restore this PC, and then you will see two options: Keep my files, which removes applications and settings, but preserves personal files; Y Delete all, which removes all personal files, applications, and settings.
- Then the data erasure is completed. As you proceed through the formatting process, you will be greeted with two options: simply Delete my files and delete files and clean the drive after clicking the option Delete all. Only Delete my files allows the user to recover media and files from the computer’s hard drive. If the user sells the computer or gives it to someone else to use, then the data is at risk as the third party can easily retrieve all the files and data from the drive, and this makes this option less safe and risky. Deleting files and cleaning the disk is time consuming but completely safe. Completely erase all data on the system, including the drive. However, it takes time for the system to delete all the data.
- After all this, click on Next when the operating system asks for confirmation, and then click Restore. The Windows 10 computer will start the restore process by restarting automatically. You must wait until the process is finished, which can vary from a few minutes to hours, then the PC will start with Windows 10 again.
There are more recovery options, like starting over with one clean install of windows. You need to insist on backing up your files to another drive so as not to lose useful information or files.
Format Windows with the USB or installation CD
This option is valid in the three versions of Windows having the USB or the original disk with which the computer came. It is more rudimentary than the previous method and a little more complex, but it is possible to carry it out in all versions and in the end it is equally valid. What steps must be carried out?
- You start by pressing Remove to enter BIOS (Basic Input / Output System) when the computer boots. Is selected Advanced BIOS features and you have to configure the first boot device on CD ROM. Click on Y to save and exit setup.
- After this, the Windows installation CD or USB is inserted into the computer, and then enter «DOS», which is something like a safe mode.
- Later, once admitted, write «format C: /» at the DOS prompt and it is pressed Y to complete formatting.
- After formatting, it is necessary to insert the disk or USB of the Windows 7, 8 or 10 system and follow the instructions to install again.