Okay, so i'm here on my laptop. i've been running with this thing for a few years now and it has gotten slower and slower with age. physically things shouldn't change, but i find overtime that my machines get bogged down with all the crap that i load and unload + move around and whatnot.
yes, i defrag. no i have no viruses. no i have no adware or spy-ware. i am computer savvy. i am aware that there are progs out there that "clean" your computer, and there are manual approaches. i find that these methods for speeding up are not nearly as effective as just a fresh start; reformatting the drive.
my computer habits have changed over the past few years. i don't game anymore, and rarely install/uninstall programs. i just use this machine for the basics (music, communication, video, school, work).
I've loaded all the stuff i want to keep onto my external HD (nice new 500GB drive i bought ). i'm almost ready to reformat; just gotta let some torrents finish.
how do i go about reformatting a laptop HD, though? i want everything gone and to re-install all the software. i've done this numerous amounts of times on tower PCs, but never a laptop. with a tower you just swap HDs and reformat your primary drive (running off the second). i can't do that with my laptop, so what do i do?