EvoPro

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My current windows and file system formatting is from 2002. I've just moved the HD from PC to PC to save time and data. But I feel like there's been so much stuff on it that the PC is just getting bogged down. Would a reformat and re-install of windows make a signifigant performance increase in my system speeds?
 

splattered

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Before going the whole hog and formatting your drive and then reinstalling the OS and Apps, you could try a program like Diskeeper and defrag the drive. if you do not notice a huge difference afterwards, then you can go the reinstall route.

Have you ever done a real defrag since 2002, and I do not mean a windows defrag?
 

INeedCache

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Yes, it would. If you don't have a problem with reinstalling a few programs, and your Windows installation is from 2002, I recommend a reinstall. We do a reinstall about every two years with our business and personal machines even if we aren't having problems. That's not to say everyone should, but a 4 year old installation would benefit from a fresh install. If you haven't upgraded your motherboard BIOS in a while, I'd recommend doing that before the reinstall. If you have a 7200 or greater RPM drive, you will not notice much of boost, if any, from a defrag, as it is highly overrated with the faster drives. Unless your drive is very highly fragmented, you likely won't notice anything after a defrag.