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Discussion in 'Computers' started by GodLovesYou, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. GodLovesYou

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    Hey guys!

    I have a question, do I need to update the drives of graphic or that kind of things again after format my pc?
     

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    That's a fairly cryptic post, so without knowing more, it's impossible to say, but given how fast things change in the tech world, it's a fair bet you will find lots of updates for drivers. Whether you actually need them would depend on whether things already work fine and whether the updates are fixes for security issues.

    In the notebook world, driver updates sometimes are aimed at better power management, too.

    Personally, before I rebuild a PC I first look for any updates to core functionalities, such as firmware and BIOS, before I do anything else. There are many occasions where that is a key to unlocking other doors that may be available in hardware and OS.

    Good luck.
     
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    I think you didn't understand what I meant to say. If I format my computer I will lose the updates that I already made or they keep installed?

    Thanks.
     
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    If you're reformatting your PC, and presumably you've got the restore DVD or using the restore partition. Yes, it will lose all updates, which will be the Windows updates and all driver updates. It will be back to the day you bought it.
     
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    Ok man thanks!!
     
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    Ah. You're correct.

    That's much less cryptic, and as Mikedt has correctly noted, yes, if you format your hard drive, you're wiping out everything that's already there, including driver updates.

    Formatting a hard drive is part of what is commonly called "rebuilding" a PC. As I'd noted, if I were going that step I'd update the firmware and BIOS on the system hardware first before formatting the drive. Again, the options can change based on firmware and BIOS platforms.

    And, for what it's worth, once you update firmware or BIOS, formatting the hard drive has no effect on such things. ;)

    Good luck and have fun.
     
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    Another question, it is good if I install the drives in other partition?
     
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    if you have two or more partitions, i would keep it simple, for example:

    - drive c is only for windows and for necessary updates/driver software/office/itunes for example...
    - drive d is for the rest... not so necessary (system) programs/games/photos/videos etc.



    Btw. do you have a hidden system partition from where you can install windows back? rather than giving a command "format c:", i suppose you are using the system restore disk and partition to do so called "factory defaults/reset"? this is very simple way to restore the computer back to its original state (you probably can choose that only windows partition is formatted and others arent), but then lots of updates and many hours to install them all. (this is suitable for a person who is not familiar with the idea 'how to install the os to the empty computer')

    if you are formatting partitions (rather than doing factory defaults/reset), before doing anything, better to check that the disk, which you are using to install windows back, is bootable and working in the first place. and can be used for installing windows in the first place too. possible serial/activation code is on the table too. this is the most problematic formatting/installing because you have to know what drivers you need - windows may have some general drivers to get the computer working but then you need probably to install almost all (specific from manufacturer) drivers manually. i usually have downloaded all huge updates (e.g. windows service packs/graphic drivers...) beforehand to make it easier and faster to install them... but not knowing better which windows and how you are going to install windows back, it is up to you which you need to do or prefer... also that the boot order (in bios) is right. you cant boot from the dvd, if the computer tries to boot only from the harddisk. (this option isnt suitable for a person, who dont know 'what to do next after having an empty computer in front')
     
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    Ok man, thank you for your help. That really helped me.
    There is some programs like Android Studio, for example, that needs to be installed on disk c and I think I'm not able to avoid it.
    What you're tell me is that drives and main things are better installed on disk C right? Things like gta v are better on disk d simply because they are a big.
     

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