The Reformat Process
Regardless of the operating system you are using, the reformatting process is the same. Let's take a look at some reformat hard drive instructions.
1. Get the operating system disc you plan on using. Make sure you also have the product key or ID handy so that when the time comes, you can just enter it when asked.
2. The best way to start the reformat is by placing the disc in your disc drive and restarting your computer. If your computer is set to boot (install) from the DVD/CD-ROM, you should be prompted to press a key to get started after the computer goes through rebooting. If you miss the prompt, just restart again. To learn how to change the boot sequence, please see Computer Won't Boot with USB Drive Installed.
3. Once the installation begins, the system files will be loaded. Again, depending on the operating system, this may take some time; sometimes, it's better to start the process at night and then when you wake up the next day, you can just finish the installation. After the system has loaded, there will be some sort of information screen - this screen will mostly likely start out asking for the product key, then to choose an administrator password. This allows a user to get into safe mode and if you need to repair the system. It is very important to you choose a password that is easy to remember, but not easy to be discovered. This is especially important in the case of laptop computers.
- This section will also ask for the time and date, as well as time zone notification. For residents in the US, they can decide if the system should use daylight savings time or not.
4. The installation will take the above information and finish installation. The last step is to add users to the computer.
And that's it! Congratulations, you've reformatted your computer!