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Everyone says every 6 months is good, while others say you never need to reformat if you keep your PC clean and organized. Comments?
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Personal preference.

I can usually keep my installation tidy for ~1.5 months or so. Another 1.5 months later it slowly slips into unorganized chaos, upon which I backup important files and reformat.

Some people are meticulous and can keep clutter to a minimum.
I don't care that much after a few weeks

Rule of thumb is if you have a bunch of extra garbage that you don't even know what's on your computer, or your drive/OS becomes noticeably slower.
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i do it about every 2 months but thats cause i like fresh installs lol
    
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WOW.. so thats even earlier than 6 months!! What program do you guys use to sync your documents folder and all your stuff for backing up? I can never find a good solution for backing up which makes me really lazy to reformat.
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WOW.. so thats even earlier than 6 months!! What program do you guys use to sync your documents folder and all your stuff for backing up? I can never find a good solution for backing up which makes me really lazy to reformat.
i just move the files one by one but im real good and keeping them in the same locations
    
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Reformats are like women; for the first month or two your like "Oh my, this is awesome!" and then after that it gets as irresponsive and annoying as the last....
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I never do it unless I have to, like after a new mobo. I'm just too lazy to have to reinstall all my programs every time, lol. With this SSD now, it will be a while before I notice it start to slow down anyways.
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I probably format and reinstall Windows twice a year. I'm on a fresh install right now though.
    
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WOW.. so thats even earlier than 6 months!! What program do you guys use to sync your documents folder and all your stuff for backing up? I can never find a good solution for backing up which makes me really lazy to reformat.
Having a file server makes it much easier.
Drag and drop documents onto the network drive.
Reboot with 7 DVD in tray.
After reformat, pull all application installers and documents off of the network share.

With an SSD and gigabit network a reformat takes less than 30 minutes.
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I usually only reformat when I upgrade OS or motherboard. I dont particularly like reinstalling games/apps and constantly having to backup my important documents.
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