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reformatting large drives


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peter99

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With hard drives getting ever larger (3 Terabytes) is there a way to speed up the formatting process without using the quick switch, and to check for bad sectors as well.

Is using the quick format then the CHKDSK ?: /R just as good as a full format.

Edited by peter99, 01 April 2012 - 03:20 PM.

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Neil Jones

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When installing Vista or 7, the formatting of a HDD is pretty much instant.
XP isn't going to talk to a 3 Terabyte hard drive on its own, so the issue of how long it takes to format takes care of itself in a way.

Full formats will always take forever and a day. If the drive is brand new, a quick format is all that's necessary.
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Large SSD drives are to expensive at the moment so we are stuck with large SATA drives which occasionally as a last resort need reformatting and checking for bad sectors, the whole process uses little cpu and memory usage I was just looking to see if the process could be speeded-up just as a general question.
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