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Old 04-05-2007, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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does a reformat of drive c: restore all registry settings?
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No

Format rewrites all data as 0's.

Disk formatting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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so i need to manually redo my registry if i did reformat?
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Default Re: c: question .. kinda urgent!

You would have to reinstall your OS if it is your boot drive.
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A format deletes everything on the partition (eg. C:/).
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so i need to manually redo my registry if i did reformat?

All A format does is write 0's to all sectors of a Drive.

A reformat, And then a (re)install of the OS would be a brand new install of windows. You will lose all data, programs and settings if you do not back them up.
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A format doesn't write 0's to the disks. It basically just empties the file tables (as in: table of contents). This means the files are still there, but you don't know where

In simple terms, it just deletes all files (but they can be recovered with special software).
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I use Boot N Nuke.
So yes it does write 0's to the Sectors..
Then Windows Format.
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Old 04-06-2007, 12:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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is ther a way to format without havin to right click on a drive?
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because wen i ryt click on c: and go to format it says i have to quit any disk utilities or windows showin the drive before formating but i HAVE clossed everything possible so am confussed
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