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Whats the difference between quick and normal NTFS format?

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What's the difference? Also, lets say if I got infected by a virus and I wanted to format, is it a quick format good enough or is a normal *SLOW* format recommended?
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Quick format is basically only removes files from the partition and does not scan the disk for bad sectors etc so it takes short time. I would go for a normal format. Select it, leave it alone and come back to check it out later on.
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Originally Posted by linskingdom View Post
Quick format is basically only removes files from the partition and does not scan the disk for bad sectors etc so it takes short time.
I always thought of it as;



Short = deleting "table of contents", for lack of better term, essential making the files invisible since thats what the hard drive uses to find the files, but they still linger.

Long = deleting all files and the "table of contents."
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