I may be thinking of upgrading my pc soon (new MOBO, GFX card etc)from the shop I got it from (Evesham), and am currently on onsite warrenty. What about my personal details though?, and the fact that "if" it has to go into the shop, my hard drive with all the documents on is visbilbe for all?. not sure how this works:)!
Once i upgrade a HDD and have taken all data off i either FDisk & ReFormat the drive prior to using it again or destroy the HDD by opening it up, Mainly as i work with dedicated software that can at times read deleted data on HDD's so realise not all data is erased.
*What about in general [also] - would I have to format my Hard drive even if I just wanted a floppy drive repair? LOL*
Not for a floppy repair. The re-installation of Windows comes about as there are many different drivers required if you change the motherboard, and it0's very possile after such a change the system would not even boot up. It creates a much cleaner system to re-install from scratch.
*...Oh and can you get software to back your hard drive up (250 gig with 100 used) so as to put everything back from DVD's? - like setting up Windows XP etc?*
Yes - my favourite is Acronis TrueImage - some like Norton host too.
BUT - you cannot re-install everything just as it was using tis method if you've had a motherboard change - otherwise you would get back to the software without the correct drivers, which might not even boot. It's long-winded, but safer, if you save all your data, and install all software from scratch.