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Fear of losing drivers when formatting hard drive.

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Hi OCN. So my current school laptop is just too slow to play any games so I dug out my old 17 inch laptop, which is in good condition.

I want a fresh start on it due to just so much junk being on there.

My fear is if I reformat the hard drive how am i going to get back all my drivers? Things like wifi, sound card etc.

Could anyone advise me on how I could find them or keep them?
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1.) When you do a reformat EVERYTHING on your computer goes to bit heaven -- forever!

2.) Go to the computer manufacturer's website for drivers.

3.) You should also look into using the recovery partition (if there is one) to reset your laptop back to the way it was the first tike it was turned on. See your owner's manual (also available for download from the manufacturer).

4.) Consider a backup, before you try anything foolish.
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There is no need to reformat an HDD if you want a "fresh start", because reformatting your Hard Drive will render it absolutely clean. Your Operating System would be gone, all of your drivers and data will be gone--everything. You want to restore the laptop to factory settings, which would preserve drivers and the Operating System.
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reformatting your Hard Drive will render it absolutely clean Empty.
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I suggest an alternative route:

Install PCDecrapifier and CCleaner (Crap Cleaner). Uninstall all the unwanted bloatware (Adobe Reader, McAfee Antivirus trial, etc) that came with your PC and keep your drivers, OS and other data.

http://pcdecrapifier.com/download
https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

However, the only way to get a truly clean PC is to do reformat and do a fresh OS install.
    
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