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Old 08-09-2004, 11:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Harddrive, Should I Do Quick Or Full Format?

I'm about to get a new hard drive and I'm wondering what should I do when installing windows xp, a full or quick format?

I've been researching it and it looks like 'full' writes zero's everywhere and error checks, but I'm thinking why would I want to do that if it's completely new? So I'm gonna go witht he quick, good idea? Yes, no, and why. Hehe.


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Old 08-09-2004, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do a full format through DOS.

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Considering the HDD is new, the formatting will be done quick.
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Old 08-10-2004, 03:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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By doing the full format versus the quick one, you will also check all memory location on your HDD. It takes a little longer but I always do a full format the first time around.
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Old 10-03-2004, 02:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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full (long) format also checks ur disk for errors
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Old 10-03-2004, 02:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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nobody is going to tell u to do the quick. do tha full.
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Old 10-03-2004, 08:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I personally prefer the quick format, it takes less than 30 seconds even on a 160GB or 200GB drive, and you don't notice a difference in HDD performance when it is finished
although that's just my opinion
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DEFINATELY, else it wont work
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Old 10-03-2004, 09:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Of course it will work. It doesnÂ’t matter weather you format it with a full format or a quick format.
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Old 10-03-2004, 09:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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new hard drive = full format
just want to clean off the hard drive = full or quick.

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