One of the hardest things about formatting your hard drive and starting fresh is digging around for all of the drivers you need. You have your printer, camera, mouse, keyboard, and external drives all nicely installed, and trying to get everything back to normal after reinstalling Windows can be a huge pain. Maybe it isn’t as bad as you think with DriverMax…
In just a few clicks you can have all of your drivers for your computer backed up to a single ZIP file that can easily be stored on a Flash drive. Here’s what you have to do:
- Download and install DriverMax. It does require registration if you plan on using it for more than 30–days, but to register the software all it requires is your name and email address. Use one of our disposable email address solutions in case you’re skeptical about giving out your email address.
- After you get it up and running, you’ll see a screen similar to the one pictured below. Choose the Export drivers option so that we can backup the drivers.
- Wait for DriverMax to finish analyzing your system:
- Choose which drivers you want backed up. I recommend just doing all of them because when you restore the drivers you can always pick and choose which ones to restore and which ones not to. It is better to have them all safely backed up rather than realizing you forgot to check one of them:
- Now you get to choose whether to have your files put in a folder, or have them stored in a single ZIP file. I recommend doing the ZIP file because then it is both compressed and easier to move since it is just one file.
- DriverMax will now grab all of the drivers it needs to. This can take about 5–10 minutes according to their site, but it only took me about 3 minutes to grab all of my drivers.
- Now the ZIP file is all ready to be stored away in a safe location. Also, if you look inside the ZIP file you’ll see that everything is nicely organized by categories:
- RESTORING YOUR DRIVERS: The restoration process is almost exactly the same so I’m not going to walk you through that. It will ask you things like which drivers you want to install using a screen that is remarkably similar to that in Step 4. Before it loads up all the drivers you choose, it will prompt you to confirm your selection:
Since I just learned about this software I haven’t had the chance to put it to good use yet, but it sounds like just what I need to use when I format my hard drive. If you have other software that you use to help ease the pain of formatting your computer please let us know in the comments so that all of our readers can benefit from it! :)
Thanks to Freeware Genius for pointing out this great piece of software.