Do you “rebuild” your mobile devices?

Disk_propsAlthough we try to maintain our mobile computing devices, they tend to slow down gradually over time. You know you add betas and other cool software "just to try", use it a few times and then forget they’re there, right? OK, maybe it’s just me that does that. Regardless, this adds to a vicious cycle of getting software updates for software you don’t even use any more, along with various Microsoft patches, temp files, and the like. Call me crazy, but I rebuild my mobile devices every 4 to 6 months; even my PDAs! The last time I did this was upon my return from CES, when the tablet was running slower than a turtle towing an anvil.

Last night I wiped the drive and I’m in the process of cleaning up the crapware as Warner would call it. What an amazing picture I have when I look at the drive properties. The basic OS and just a few apps is such a small piece of the pie. I have to add some software back in, of course; I’ll then partition the drive and put Vista on there as well, but I can already see the zippiness that I was once enamored with. How about you: are you meticulous about maintaining your mobile device or do you follow the "rebuild" method?

-kct

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