Gonna Format my hard drive. What drivers will I need when I am back in action?

By Garrat9 ยท 9 replies
Jan 4, 2009
  1. Hi everyone, I am going to format this notebook for its first time (system specs are in my profile)

    I was wondering what drivers/programs I`ll need to download, and maybe if I could get some links to these drivers? I have an external hard drive btw.

    As far as important programs I`m thinking...

    Spybot search and destroy
    Avast antivirus
    K-Lite Codec Pack

    Thanks for reading!
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Your specs list is slightly, um, deficient.

    If you don't know NOW what motherboard or computer system you have, then don't start doing anything.

    Identify the computer manufacturer make and model, or, if a u-build, the motherboard make and model.

    Then go to the appropriate site, download ALL the drivers and updates to a CD so they are handy.

    Anything missing? Then get them from the component manufacturers sites.

    Can't find them? Ask.

    Then, when you are actually ready, make your move cowboy!

  3. JebediahTBone

    JebediahTBone TS Rookie

    If you built the computer, you may find a tool such as Belarc Advisor (free) to be very useful at telling you what hardware you have.

    Don't forget, too, to copy to CD/external hard drive any installation files for applications you downloaded online, make sure you know all your license numbers, etc.

  4. Garrat9

    Garrat9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Oh...um...sorry. I'm sort of dumpy.

    Windows Vista Home Premium

    Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC
    32-bit operating system

    I looked for motherboard stuff but I dunno...

    I found ACPI x86 based PC does that matter?
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  6. Garrat9

    Garrat9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thank you very much! You helped me out with my broken comp!

    I am running that advisor program now...here's the results...

    Operating System System Model
    Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 (build 6001) Hewlett-Packard Compaq Presario C700 Notebook PC F.33
    System Serial Number: 3CE821QSYF
    Enclosure Type: Notebook
    Processor a Main Circuit Board b
    1.73 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Hewlett-Packard 30D9 83.21
    Bus Clock: 533 megahertz
    BIOS: Hewlett-Packard F.33 04/29/2008
    Drives Memory Modules c,d
    910.01 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    734.04 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632H ATA Device [CD-ROM drive]

    Hitachi HTS542516K9SA00 [Hard drive] (160.04 GB) -- drive 0
    WD 7500AAC External USB Device [Hard drive] (750.15 GB) -- drive 1 2550 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'DIMM0' has 512 MB \
    Slot 'DIMM2' has 2048 MB \
    Local Drive Volumes

    c: (NTFS on drive 0) 147.72 GB 73.09 GB free
    d: (NTFS on drive 0) 12.32 GB 2.17 GB free
    f: (FAT32 on drive 1) 749.97 GB 658.78 GB free
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes well you might want to update your System Specs in your Profile to: HP Presario C700 Notebook
    Also the link I supplied above will get all your drivers automatically
  8. Garrat9

    Garrat9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    OH!! Another quick one before I start!

    How do I copy my bookmarks and cookies onto my external hard drive??
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  10. Garrat9

    Garrat9 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17


    Thanks a lot....here goes!
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