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PC Restore vs Reformat Hard Drive

By cwatkeys
Nov 25, 2008
  1. Hi everybody!

    I have a problem which some of you might know the answer to.

    I have a 4 year-old Dell laptop and I want to speed the thing up as it is s-l-o-w. I've been told the best way to do this is to reformat the hard drive.

    However, the Dell website itself suggests their 'Symantec PC Restore'. Given that my aim is to speed my sysem up, which is the better option? Does the PC Restore option reformat the hard drive anyway?

    Any advice would be much appreciated! :) I don't have a Windows re-installation CD as this was not supplied with the laptop.
  2. jimjams

    jimjams TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Hi there,

    Re-formatting your hard drive with the windows CD etc. would erase everything and let you start again from scratch with only windows installed.

    What the PC restore method does is erase everything on your hard drive and then re-installs everything back on that was on there when you first got your computer 4 years ago lol.

    Call the restore - Revert back to default, sort of thing

    I would recommend using the reformat using windows option because then you won't get all that 'Out of Date' rubbish that dell installed on there at purchase 4 YEARS AGO! e.g. Google toolbar

    Have a nice day :)
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