If you want to start afresh with new software and applications, then you may need to format your computer. It is actually a simple process.
Formatting your computer will erase all data in your hard drive and also involves reinstalling your operating system in order to restore it to default factory settings to allow you to start from scratch.
Formatting is often the last resort for computers that are constantly malfunctioning or you may be planning to dispose of it as a donation or selling it.
Formatting in Windows
The first step you do before the actual formatting process is to back up all data because you stand to lose any of it.
Installed programs could not be backed up, however, it needs to be reinstalled using their original software drivers.
The common files that you can store foe backup are images, videos, audio files and documents, so it is best that you save them in a removable drive like a CD, external hard drive, cloud storage or high capacity flash drives.
Starting the process
To begin the formatting process, restart your computer and proceed to the setup screen the moment you see the manufacturer’s logo appear and the most common triggers are pressing each of the following keys multiple times. These keys are the following, F2, F10. F12 or Del keys.
Once you are in the BIOS mode, select the Boot menu option and change the order of devices that you CD boots from the CD before it processes from the hard drive, then save those changes and exit from the page. It will then restart your computer.
If you are using a boot file from your flash drive, set the BIOS boot settings to select the removable storage option.
Begin with the set-up by inserting the boot file and you will see a command ‘press any key to boot from CD’, just press any key and it will initiate the set-up for Windows. After Windows shows you page, it will ask you to select preferences for language, time and keyboard input mode, then click ‘Next’.
Customize your preferences and settings
It will then direct you to the install now page which will automatically load the system. Just accept the terms and conditions to allow you to continue and when prompted for the type of installation, select customer install to allow for a clean installation which will wipe out all data and allow you to erase the disk.
Simply follow the instructions to the end and fill out the necessary fields when prompted.
Formatting Mac OS
Formatting your computer using the Macintosh OS is similar to the process for Windows that was just enumerated.
Start backing up your files first before beginning your formatting process.
Once done, reboot your Mac and simultaneously hold down the Command +R keys to allow you to access the Recovery menu. Choose the Disk Utility option and click Continue.
It will then prompt you to another dialog box from the Disk Utility and select the Erase tab. As you are directed to the Format dropdown, choose the MacOS Extended (journaled) option and enter the name you would like to use then select Erase.
As you are prompted for the Mac OS X installation page, press continue and verify your Apple ID and password when prompted.
Simply go through the following process and fill out the fields based on your preferences.