Toshiba® Satellite E205 Formatting the System
After buying your Toshiba Satellite E205 notebook, with the continued use you are likely to experience glitches in its performance such as slow system speed, corrupted files, frequent reboots and system hang-ups, etc. This will eventually require you to reformat the hard disk in order to refresh the system. Other than that, user requirements and organizational policies, i.e. use of open source software may be the compelling factors to have your system disk reformatted. Whatever the reason may be, without the right knowledge to guide you, hundreds of dollars and valuable working time may be spent in trying to restore your computer back to what it originally was. To give you a helping hand, the article discusses the need to reformat your laptop and the consequences that may rise with it:
- Need for formatting your system disk
- Consequences of formatting a hard disk
Need for formatting your system disk
There are a number of reasons that may drive one to format his/her hard disk. But some of the common factors are virus infection. When a system is infected by a virus, even after the cleanup process, traces of the infections are left behind creating loopholes for mutation or re-infection. The best absolute way of making sure that no trace of the virus is left involves disk reformat. Change in user requirements and organizational policies may be other riding factors. These include the need to install different operating system software such as Linux or Unix. By nature, Windows does not allow for different developer’s OS to be installed in the same partition it resides in. In such a case, the option available to the user is to reformat the hard disk. Last but not least, you may have acquired the computer from a different user and would like to erase every bit of information that belonged to the previous owner.
Consequences of formatting a hard disk
First and foremost, you stand losing all your work by formatting your hard disk inclusive of the installed applications and drivers. Secondly, in a case where you do not have a system recovery disk, the laptop’s factory settings will not be recovered thus disabling some of the essential. Moreover, by changing the OS you are not guaranteed that the device drivers supplied by the manufacturer will be compatible with the OS in use. Last but not least, frequent hard disk format eventually leads to hard disk crash.
Disk formatting is not always the best practice. The following alternatives can come handy in for the user as alternatives. Where there is a need for a different OS platform, use a partitioning program to create an extra disk partition for the installation. In addition, there exist effective anti-virus programs that totally wipe virus traces from the system.