Clean install

Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as a clean format, a clean install is when everything is erased from the computer and then reinstalled. The hard drive is essentially "clean" and can be used for installing a fresh copy of an operating system and any other software you want reinstalled. Many hard drives have a utilities that can perform a clean format (secure erase), designed specifically for that brand or model of hard drive.

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