posted on Sep, 12 2012 @ 10:20 PM
reply to post by PhoenixOD
Don't you think that's a little overkill advising a complete reformat and re-installation of an operating system along with hardware upgrades
and maybe a complete change of operating system just to solve a defective graphics card driver?
Overkill? for an older computer running Windows Vista? No, not overkill, just good practice for a faster operating, more stable machine. And I said
not a thing about a "format," friend. All a format is is a quick random pass of zeros and a new folder arrangement. A format, unless of the low
level variety, could not remove a virus, or trojan, and dross would still be present on the drive disk surfaces. An erase is a full pass of zeros, in
every sector. Nothing can live through this. I often use CopyWipe, it allows me to write several passes of random ones and zeros in a reserve pattern,
up to DoD algorithm. The end result is a like new HDD. I also have a program that can restore a bad sector in a drive.
A newly installed operating system, whether Windows of something else, properly tuned and secured is a joy for several years before serious attention
is warranted. What you call overkill, my customers call good service.