Low level formatted hard drive?

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  1. Swerve

    Swerve OT Supporter

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    I've just bought a 2nd hand hard drive which has been low level formatted.

    Will I be able to use it straight away or will it need some sort of preperation before it can be used as a master drive.

    Thanks very much!

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  2. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    If you are planning to use it for windows, the setup will have a format option that you should use before you put the OS on it. I always pass on the quick format option, in favor of the longer time. I have no proof that it makes for a "cleaner" hard drive, but I figured for the small amount of extra time, it can't really hurt to format it.
     
  3. Sinusoid

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    Quick format works just as well as a full format.
     
  4. peerk

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    Here is what MS says about Quick VS long format for a XP install.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302686

    But I use quick format because I'm impatient and I haven't had any problems.

    And here is some info on using disk management in XP.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309000
     
  5. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    I always thought a low level format was different from a quick or even full format or zero write. Something about low level formatting being what the manufacturer does to the hard drive before they do a standard format and put it in the box.
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    No it doesn't. Quick format usually just erases the partition table and file table. There are rare occasions (in my experience) when a quick-formatted drive can corrupt your new data as a result of the magnetic material not being re-recorded strongly enough when you put files on it. A full format actually goes and replaces each bit on the drive with a zero.

    Sensitive equipment can still read the shadows of the old data in most cases, because a logical zero can be anything between 0 and .4999999999, with the .4999999999 being a bit that was formerly a proper 1. Unless you're trying to hide nuclear secrets from foreign governments, though, that's not really an issue for Joe User.
     

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