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The only difference between Quick and "Full" reformat/installation is that FULL, scans for Bad Sectors on the hard drive, which is recommend on using on new hard drives

Quick installation, just skips the scan for bad sectors, so that's why it is faster than full. So, this option is safe if you're going to reformat with a hard drive that is working NORMALLY without any errors.

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When you choose to run a regular format on a volume, files are removed from the volume that you are formatting and the hard disk is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time that it takes to format a volume.

If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.

If you installed Windows XP on a partition that was formatted by using the Quick format option, you can also check your disk by using the chkdsk /r command after the installation of Windows XP is completed.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686/en-us
 

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Sounds like you are talking about a slipstreamed install disc. You can automate everything, install extras(service packs, updates, and drivers), and even remove unwanted stuff from your install. Do a search on slipstream XP disc, if you don't find what you are looking for, I know I have some info on it. I always wanted to make one, just never really needed it so I haven't yet.

Edit: the last two posts beat me to it with the correct info
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Sounds like you are talking about a slipstreamed install disc. You can automate everything, install extras(service packs, updates, and drivers), and even remove unwanted stuff from your install. Do a search on slipstream XP disc, if you don't find what you are looking for, I know I have some info on it. I always wanted to make one, just never really needed it so I haven't yet.

Edit: the last two posts beat me to it with the correct info
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dos it let me store my key? username ans such in it? if so i need to figure that out as my cisco teacher already does that
 
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