|Most of the hard drives that you can buy today come with a Wizard or installation program that will actually format your hard drive for you. You can also use this program to reformat your hard drive if it becomes necessary. Remember that when you reformat your hard disk, any information stored on it is deleted and will not be retrievable.
|Once a hard drive is reformatted, it will be prepared to once again accept and handle your operating system and programs. Note that reformatting your hard drive will remove all data from the drive, and all applications and drivers will need to be installed.|
|Reformatting erases the old FAT and creates a new one. As a result, when you reinstall programs and use them, the computer will put the new files in sectors where old data and programs were stored, meaning that your old information will be overwritten in the new FAT.|
|Before you begin, you should back up all of the data you want to save, including e-mail, e-mail addresses, Bookmarks and/or Favorites, noting what folders they were in. Don't forget to back up files you downloaded to update drivers and software. |
|You should also be sure you have the installation disks (CDs or diskettes) for your operating system and applications.|