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haha, i've been saying re-partition the entire time but my friend got it in his head that it's not as good as "0" writing (don't know where he got that from)

he's willing to concede defeat now, thx all though
    
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there's a difference between vista's format and XP's format options.
Vista only does quick format (only re-writing the MBR [but with NTFS, if you loose the MBR, you're pretty much screwed]) and XP's option to regular format (which is fully writing the NTFS file system to all of the partition)
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Your friend is right in a way. When you format, all the information about which files are stored on a disk and where they are stored is overwritten, but the files are still there. When you zero fill a hard disk, you write zeros to all the storage space on the disk, so the files are gone. However this means you'll need to format the disk to re-write new information about where it can store files.
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However this means you'll need to format the disk to re-write new information about where it can store files.
When you quick format a new disk, writing times are slower as i needs to format a it stores the info. You don't NEED to full format when you get a new drive, but it is better to.
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Make a GDisk, Let it complete, really wipe the thing clean.
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When you quick format a new disk, writing times are slower as i needs to format a it stores the info. You don't NEED to full format when you get a new drive, but it is better to.

I know, however I was refering to the OP 'friends' opinion regarding zero writing and formatting...

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