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Computer Format

Format….What is a Format?

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Sometimes a maintenance will not help your pc. On these occasions, the computer might be badly infected with malware, or the time needed to perform the maintenance would exceed performing a format.

A format is a procedure to effectively wipe your hard drive and reinstall the operating System. Rather than tidying the files on your computer, a backup is taken of the data, and once wiped, the Operating System is “clean”, thus removing any known or unknown issues.

At this time, Clients can also take the opportunity to upgrade their operating system to Windows 10. Any system older than Windows 10 may experience issues with compatibility with new software and 3rd party software withdrawing support. Microsoft have advised that Windows 10 will be the last OS with annul updates.


The effect of a format upon your computer is similar to bringing home a brand new pc from the shop. All the software will be correctly installed; all drivers will be up to date and the Operating System will be a fresh install rather than perhaps upgraded.

Most personalisation’s can be backed up prior to the format, such as bookmarks, desktop icons and of course, all personal data including pictures, documents and music. Once a computer has been returned to you after a format, it is the ideal time to perform housekeeping. This means going through your data, archiving, backing up and organising it.

As the procedure is relatively time consuming, we will often recommend changing the hard drive for an SSD (Solid State Drive) at the same time. This will guarantee extended longevity for your pc, mac or laptop.

Book an appointment today with PC Repair Leeds and we will have your computer working quicker and quieter than ever before.

The benefits of a format are numerous including:

  • Quicker start up time
  • Efficient running
  • Removal of known and unknown issues
  • Guaranteed removal of malware and virus infections
  • Up to date software and drivers
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