Reformat -taking the plunge

  dagbladet 11:09 21 Sep 2007

After 5-6 years of sterling service my XP desktop is probably in need of a reformat. It has struggled manfully with all sorts of abuse, mostly my well intentioned experimentation with various system 'optimizers', tweakers, registry improvers, defragers etc (mostly inneffective/damaging). I have tried to be methodical. I've downloaded everything I think I need to an ext HDD, I've used a driver back-up programme and saved to both ext HDD and disk and i'm in the process of writing down the myriad of usernames and passwords for various services.

I have dug out the(recovery?)disks that I made from the partition when I first switched the machine on.

I have a couple of questions;

1) Have I forgotten anything in my pre format prep?

2) Why does the recovery programme fill 4 disks, when Windows fits on one?


  rdave13 11:23 21 Sep 2007

Have you saved all your bookmarks in your browsers?
Re the disks, restored on four cd's possibly. I created one dvd restore disk for laptop. XP aldo on dvd. Good luck.

  dagbladet 11:52 21 Sep 2007

Thanks so far.

Using firefox, is there some kind of 'save my bookmarks' button somewhere? Currently at work so no access to Firefox here.

What I mean is, if Windows can fit on one CD, what might have been in that recovery partition that required 4 cds, if you know what I mean?

  Confab 12:13 21 Sep 2007

I know its probably not much use to you at this precise point in time but I would seriously consider getting a copy of Acronis True Image click here . It makes restoring a PC a complete doddle, restoring everything back to how you had it when the back-up was made in about 20 minutes.

  Quiller. 12:17 21 Sep 2007

'save my bookmarks' > favorites?

my computer > c drive > documents and settings > dagbladet ( name of your folder ) > favorites.

Just copy and paste to were you want it to be saved.

  dagbladet 12:23 21 Sep 2007


I have actually got a ATI image on a hard drive, but it was made well into my tinkering stage. Nice reminder though. If the re-format goes OK, I'll make a new image then. Ta.

  bjh 12:23 21 Sep 2007

Firefox Bookmark Export:

Bookmarks >> Organise Bookmarks

This brings up Bookmark Manager, and File >> Export saves the whole lot as a webpage, useful in itself.

File >> Import er .... imports them again!

Easy and it works, which is always a bonus.

  dagbladet 12:24 21 Sep 2007


Ta, I'll look at it when I get home. I assume that post format it's just a case of copy and paste from disc to a folder in Firefox?

  dagbladet 12:26 21 Sep 2007


Spot on thanks.

Obviously if a had Firefox in front of me, I would have a fiddle, but i'm at work.


  rdave13 23:22 21 Sep 2007

Just back from work, sorry could not reply sooner. Those Cd's will contain your OS and also your mobo's drivers if I remember rightly. Someone might correct me here but if you've upgraded any of the hardware since buying the PC then the recovery software might not recognize your PC.
Last time I used a recovery disk I had to remove the graphics card as originally it was set up with on-board graphics. Not sure if ram upgrade will make a difference though.

  dagbladet 00:47 22 Sep 2007

Nice one. I have changed the graphics card, though I've no idea if I kept the old one. Project on 24 hour hold, as I can't find recovery disk number 3(of 4). It'll be in the loft with a load of old software I put up there last year. Come to think of it, that's probably where the old graphics card is too.

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