'Quick Format' versus 'Format'

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Jack, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Jack

    Jack Guest

    When should I choose 'Quick Format' and when 'Format' during repartioning a
    Jack, Jan 12, 2008
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    techie007 Guest

    Hey Jack,

    If you quick format, it simply erases the index of the hard drive so
    that it appears blank, and then the old data is just overwritten by new
    data as it's added.

    A full format will go through each block on the drive and erase it, as
    well as test each block.

    A full format is the 'better' option, but in most cases Quick Format is
    fine, because everyone's in a rush. :)

    You want to do a full format when you suspect the drive has bad
    sectors, or incorrectly marked bad sectors, so they can be tested and
    marked appropriately. Also a full format helps avoid old data (from
    before the format) being mistaken as current data during some weird disk
    operation that may take place.
    techie007, Jan 12, 2008
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    jorgen Guest

    Actually, all a full format does, is checking for bad sectors. It
    doesn't erase the content of the sectors. You can verify it with a disk
    editor afterwards.
    jorgen, Jan 12, 2008
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