Wipe or Not?

Post date: May 10, 2012 3:35:5 PM

I am quite a geek, and not too proud to admit that I do like to have

the latest and greatest of toys to tinker with, and that is probably

in direct proportion to my urge to wipe my computer and install new

operating systems all the time. I sometimes wipe a drive a month, and

some times I will simply load a server OS, and go virtual with top

loads of either Hyper-V or VMWare images. It just depends on my


What is interesting is that my tinkering ways have brought me to a new

line of thought... I bet that most people don't, or don't want to wipe

their machines, they like the status quo...

As such, it would be such a person that would cruise along through

life, not knowing that their computer was infected with all sorts of

nasty stuff, and infecting others that they come in contact with over

the course of the machines life time...

I am thinking now, that maybe there should be a movement in IT, that

people should make a habit of backing up their Documents, Photos, and

Songs, and then just wipe their machines... at the minimum of once per

year; two or more times for the ones that simply like the computer to

run as fast as it was intended to run... nothing better than a clean


What are your thoughts? Do you think keeping a machine up and running

for 3 or 4 plus years, with the same OS and possibly 'up to date' anti

virus definitions is good enough? Or do you think I might have it

right in this line of thought? Wipe every year...

It's just a thought... possibly a good one...