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Thread: Formatting too much?




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    Formatting a hard drive over and over and over (and over) doesn't damage it does it? I'm concerned about wear-and-tear and how an average lifetime for an ATA HD is... Any ideas?

    I hope 4 or 5 formats doesn't damage or wear something down too much?

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    I think I rmemeber seeing that u can do 10,000 formats or something rediculous.

    I know for a fact that 4 or 5 is certainly no issue.

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    Wow, 10,000. :) That's pretty comforting. lol...

    So what's the difference between quick and full format? Like, what do the two do different (quick is much faster, obviously ;) hehe).
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    only 4 or 5 times? I have a hard drive that I formated at least 30 times and it is still going strong. HDD lifetimes vary and every time you access your hdd for data it gets ware and tare so formating isn't going to noticably reduce your hdd's life time. Defraging is probably the best way to prolong your hdd. So to answer your question, formating 4 or 5 times isn't going to hurt anything.:cool:
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    quick format is just a glorified erase
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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    only 4 or 5 times? I have a hard drive that I formated at least 30 times and it is still going strong. HDD lifetimes vary and every time you access your hdd for data it gets ware and tare so formating isn't going to noticably reduce your hdd's life time. Defraging is probably the best way to prolong your hdd. So to answer your question, formating 4 or 5 times isn't going to hurt anything.:cool:
    Cool. Thanks everybody for th ehelp -- greatly appreciated! :thumb:
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    Quote Originally Posted by minibubba
    quick format is just a glorified erase
    Quick format is nothing more than removing the file header information for that particular drive. Nothing more.

    I can make a straightforward promise... If you do a format /q, then I can go in behind you and pull every file that was on your hard drive when you're finished with this task. It erases nothing.
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    i did not mean for that to be taken literaly.. this would be why I use ntfs, and do a secure erase whenever i format anything...aka overwritting the entire disk with repeating binary (1 0 1 0 ...) even with a full format data can still be retrieved from your hdd until it is overwritten. Anything that is deleted or erased remains in your hdd until it is overwirtten
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    How often do you guys format your hd? once a yr?

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    I format every 4-6 months to keep windows running nice and tidy ;)

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