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Old 12-19-2006, 04:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Copying an MP3 is more harmful than formatting the hard disk. Installing XP is equivalent to copying lots of MP3's, though.

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Old 12-24-2006, 12:38 AM   #12 (permalink)
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formatting a disc has a negligible impact on your hdd. it does less damage than defragging.

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Old 12-24-2006, 01:33 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I had to reformat quite frequently due to a faulty power supply that came with my cheap case. It caused crashes which corrupted system files, and would cause BSoD's all the time. I don't believe it harmed my HDD 's any...I haven't had any problems with them.

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i reformat usually once a month, but only if i need to tho (dont like waiting 2 hours for it to burn a cd...4*4*32)

and windows updates? who does those? i dont, i got my XP SP2 disk and the driver disk for my video card and im happy.
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Old 12-24-2006, 03:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Yeah, I format about every month, makes the PC alot quicker. As for damage to the hard drive, by the time it starts failing, it will be worth about 2 pence! Yes if you did it 10 times a month, then it would sure put strain on the hard drive, and it would probably damage it quicker than normal, but otherwise, format away!
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Old 12-24-2006, 06:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I do it about once a year, no sooner as my pc doesnt need it.
I use it every single day aswell so im not quite sure why anybody here would do it more than once a year unless you install loads and loads of programmes that bog your pc down
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Actually, formating on older drives can be harmful if it is done via a debug and added wear and tear decreasing the MTB life. Just a FYI type thing.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:30 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You people reformat once a month? WTF lol
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Originally posted by The General
You people reformat once a month? WTF lol

I've made a record. Five months without a reformat. My computer is just too fast.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:50 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Originally posted by talldude123
I've made a record. Five months without a reformat. My computer is just too fast.
You have a single core Athlon 3500+ with 1GB of RAM. How is that "too fast" ? And what does the speed of your computer have anything to do with the need to reformat? We have a 266Mhz P2 with 64mb of RAM at work that hasn't been reformatted for 6 years ... It's running Windows XP.

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