Old 09-01-04, 02:19 PM
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Is there pros and cons to reformatting a O.S. If a person had a thousand dollar drafting pkg. on your computer and excel and word and you never had a would loose It would be better off not reformatting Right?
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Old 09-01-04, 03:32 PM
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Can't answer that without knowing what kind of shape software wise the machine is in. Obviously if you have irriplaceable software on the machine a format would be a last option.
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Formatting a hard drive will destroy all the programs on the hard drive.
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Not sure what you are asking.

It makes no difference what software you have on a PC, if the OS crashes every few minutes and you lose your data and/or can't complete your work then even a $1,000 program is useless.

In a case like that it would be better to buy a new copy of the software and start over than to keep redoing the same work over and over again.

As a side note. Many times a vendor of a software program will work with a customer to replace lost installation CDs, often supplying the CDs for minimal cost. The key word here is customer. That means the software must have been legally purchased fairly current.
Old 09-01-04, 08:10 PM
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A reformat will make you lose nothing assuming your data is backed up. The $1,000 program will not be lost because it can simply be reloaded after format and install is completed. However, the DATA created in that program would be lost unless it's backed up to external media (floppy, CD, even network).

If DATA is all backed up properly, you will literally lose nothing in a format.

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