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Tradeoffs - Formatting Quick vs Regular?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by (PeteCresswell), Jul 19, 2010.

  1. (PeteCresswell)

    (PeteCresswell) Flightless Bird

    What is the advantage of regular formatting over "Quick"
    formatting?

    Some sort of integrity checking of the tracks/sectors in the
    partition?
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    PeteCresswell
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    (PeteCresswell) wrote:
    > What is the advantage of regular formatting over "Quick"
    > formatting?
    >
    > Some sort of integrity checking of the tracks/sectors in the
    > partition?


    Now is a great time to point you to one of the easiest ways to find
    information on problems you may be having and solutions others have found:

    Search using Google!
    http://www.google.com/
    (How-to: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html )

    Example:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=difference+between+"quick+format"+and+format

    First hit from said search:

    Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a "clean"
    installation of Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302686

    Quoting it:
    "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."

    Come back - let everyuone know if that is what you needed...

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    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
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