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Chapter 23. Do You Have a Problem? > Reformat your entire hard disk

Reformat your entire hard disk

Sometimes things get so screwy on your computer that, as a last resort, you need to totally reformat the hard disk. For instance, on my new iMac dv, all sorts of little things were going wrong—I couldn't receive faxes, eventually I couldn't even send faxes, my Zip drive wouldn't always work, sometimes I couldn't shut down, etc. So I backed up everything I had installed (as explained below) and reformatted the entire hard disk, taking it down to "zeros" (flatline). Now everything works beautifully, as it should. Before you attempt reformatting your hard disk, read all the way through this page and the next.

Note

If things are screwy even after you totally reformat, have your memory chips checked. Bad memory can make all sorts of weird things happen.



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