To Format or not to Format... at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > Non-Linear Editing on the PC

Non-Linear Editing on the PC
Discussing the editing of all formats with Matrox, Pinnacle and more.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 29th, 2003, 12:12 PM   #1
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Nicosia, CYPRUS
Posts: 1,080
To Format or not to Format...

Hi

I have been using Windows XP pro for about 10 months now. Everything seems to be working OK. I just wonder, weather I should reformat my C: drive again with a clean installation of XP pro.
I know the say " if it's not btoken don't fix it" but I just want to know how often you guys re format your pc.

Stelios
__________________
My Blog: http://steliosc.blogspot.com
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free" Nikos Kazantzakis
Stelios Christofides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 29th, 2003, 12:34 PM   #2
Sponsor: JET DV
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7,873
If you keep a clean system, there should be no need for reformatting. However, if you want to be able to go back to an ideal setting, do the following:

1) Do a clean format and install of the OS and all appropriate drivers.
2) Create an image of the drive with Drive Image or Ghost.

NOW, you can always return to this state in a matter of minutes.

3) Install the necessary applications.
4) Create another image.

If you want to get back to an initial clean installation of all apps, just restore from this image. This would be MUCH faster than doing a full install periodically.
Edward Troxel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 29th, 2003, 04:13 PM   #3
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 2,898
When I was on 98SE I had to do it once every 6-8 months or so. The system just got bogged down from digital trash in the registry, etc. Now that I've been using XP I'm going over a year now and with a little diligence in keeping it tidy it still seems fresh.
Glen Elliott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 3rd, 2003, 05:13 AM   #4
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Vimeiro - Portugal
Posts: 255
Safety net.

If you want to be on the safe side, configure your machine with dual boot.
My main machine has 2 Windows XP Pro instaled (with the same programs) and if one is messed up, I can reboot, choose the other XP and continue working until I have the time to repair/reinstall the damaged one.

Best regards,
Arnaldo
Arnaldo Paixao is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 3rd, 2003, 12:21 PM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Nicosia, CYPRUS
Posts: 1,080
"If you want to get back to an initial clean installation of all apps, just restore from this image. This would be MUCH faster than doing a full install periodically."


Edward Troxel, Why can't I use System Restore instead of the Drive Image thing. What's the difference?

Stelios
__________________
My Blog: http://steliosc.blogspot.com
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free" Nikos Kazantzakis
Stelios Christofides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 3rd, 2003, 02:08 PM   #6
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 331
Nowadays there is so much spyware out there on the net that you just have to format at least once every couple of months. Alot of this spyware affects your registry and boot times....so I'd say format if you surf the internet alot.
Nick Medrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 3rd, 2003, 02:41 PM   #7
Sponsor: JET DV
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7,873
Restoring from an image will return it to the EXACT state it was when the image was created. None of the extra bloat will be present. I'm not sure that System Restore covers ALL files. However, I'd rather have System Retore turned off and rely on my image thereby saving me hard drive space.

As for spyware - that's the reason my editing computers never see the internet. I don't have to worry about spyware. However, if something did get there, a quick restore from my image and it would be gone!
Edward Troxel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 3rd, 2003, 02:59 PM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 331
Good idea Edward. I'm concerned about the amount of space that a restore point takes. Isn't it like half a gig?
Nick Medrano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 3rd, 2003, 03:04 PM   #9
Sponsor: JET DV
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 7,873
You can adjust the System Restore size larger or smaller depending on how much you want kept at any particular time. More space = more days worth.
Edward Troxel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 4th, 2003, 03:05 AM   #10
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Vimeiro - Portugal
Posts: 255
Believe me, don't bet your life on system restore. It works; but only sometimes.
Arnaldo Paixao is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > Non-Linear Editing on the PC

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:27 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network