Format Asus® N20A
Are you thinking about formatting your ASUS® N20A? Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of formatting your ASUS® N20A?
Formatting is a process that has been around for a long time. It prepares the hard drive for the installation of a new operating system and eliminates any files that might create problems with the hard drive. Formatting is also a low-level operation that does not discriminate between files so you should take proper precautions before starting the formatting process.
Things you need to know before formatting ASUS® N20A:
- What formatting does?
- Why and when is it good to format?
- Disadvantages of formatting
- Reformatting the main partition
What formatting does?
The format command clears the contents of your hard drive in order to prepare it for the installation of an operating system or the transfer of data. It deletes all the files and folders in your drive regardless of whether they are hidden or password protected. When using the normal version, it would also check your hard drive for bad sectors and consequently mark them as bad so that the operating system would not attempt to use them for storing data. You can skip the checking of bad sectors by selecting the option for a quick format.
Why and when is it good to format?
Formatting is a good process because it eliminates the possibility of malware and even incompatible software versions on a system. The presence of malware and incompatible software versions can lead to an erratic operating system that in turn would result in an unusable computer. Whenever you want to start with a clean slate via a fresh install, it is recommended that you format your ASUS® N20A before installing the operating system.
The only downside of formatting is the possibility of losing files. It is advised that you do a thorough check of all your files and create a backup before starting the formatting process. However, if you have done a reformat and need to recover an important file than you always have the option of consulting iYogi certified technicians. You should also avoid copying new files to hard drive until all important files have been recovered.
Some people might encounter issues while reformatting the main partition i.e. C: Drive from within Windows®. In order to avoid any problem in this process, you should format your main partition from Windows® installation disk.
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