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does formatting reduces the life of hard drive

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does formatting hard drive reduces its life. my friends tell that so i wanted to confirm it.
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In theory, no, but every time you overwrite something in a SATA hard drive (which actually what deleting a file does, it doesn't take it off the hard drive..its more like putting white-out over it) theres a chance to develop bad sectors. Reformatting your hard drive is a MAJOR rewrite, and so the chance to develop bad sectors is more likely; this makes parts of your har d drive unusable (giving it less capacity) or may corrupt data thats already on the drive.
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