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Is it OK to format a new HDD using the quick format or do I need to do the full format?
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post #2 of 18
I would suggest to do a full format as it is more thorough.
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post #3 of 18
Same here go Full on a new HDD
    
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post #4 of 18
Since all you can do is a high level format (quick) that would be fine.

What is a "full format" is it disk reinitialization? Overwriting previous data with some utilities checking for bad sectors? The term is trying to equate or pretend it is a "low level format" it is not. LLF have not been possible on consumer HDD's since the mid 1990's.

If the computer is going to stay in your hands the quick is fine. If giving/selling to some one then full should overwrite all data making unrecoverable. Before someone chimes in with info on multiple overwrites. I am very aware of. One overwrite will mean even a commercial data recovery service cannot retrieve the data. If on the other hand the government might look at your HDD? I suggest you stop doing whatever is catching their attention. That or consider buying a hammer some gasoline a little acid and find a furnace.

Do a quick and you will be fine. Then again you could do a full format in the time it will take to get answers from this thread.
    
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post #5 of 18
full format my friend.
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post #6 of 18
Quick will work just fine.
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A full format is not more thorough, it just adds a zerodisk on top of the format. A quick format is a good as a full format. If you are going to sell the drive then a full format is a good idea.
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A full format will expose any growing defects in the drive immediately, rather than you finding out a week from now when Windows starts acting bizarre for no good reason.
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post #9 of 18
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A full format will expose any growing defects in the drive immediately, rather than you finding out a week from now when Windows starts acting bizarre for no good reason.
Must make the point that HDD firmware I believe already does that on an ongoing basis? I could be wrong I don't know a lot about this stuff. Furthermore it is my understanding that this is a sign of impending failure! Won't help just let you know drive has issues? Other things can do also. SMART. I also have read that bad sectors are marked to ignore at the factory as extra space is already put into the equation?

Quick format is fine.
    
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Must make the point that HDD firmware I believe already does that on an ongoing basis? I could be wrong I don't know a lot about this stuff. Furthermore it is my understanding that this is a sign of impending failure! Won't help just let you know drive has issues? Other things can do also. SMART. I also have read that bad sectors are marked to ignore at the factory as extra space is already put into the equation?

Quick format is fine.
Well then you should know what you're talking about first.

The drive firmware does indeed mark sectors as bad when it detects them, but if it finds a bad sector while READING, it could remap the bad sector, but your data is then GONE. If it finds a bad sector while WRITING, then it can just remap it and you don't lose anything. I prefer to at least know whether my drive is already getting bad sectors the moment I just unpacked it out of the box.
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