My-Digital-Drawing - and-Formatting

As a computer user, you probably want to know the Difference Between a Quick Format And Full Format. The main difference between a Quick and a Full format is the “Scanning for Bad Sectors”. A problem that may cause damage to the hard drive. In a Full format, the data is deleted from the volume and the disk is also scanned for Bad sectors.

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Conversely, The procedure is simple, Here is a look at the formatting options in Windows:

  • Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)
  • To Format the partition by using the FAT file system (Quick)
  • Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
  • Format the partition by using the FAT file system

In simple words, a full format rebuilds the file structure from scratch. And also removes the bad sectors. A Quick Format can save time. But, it falls short.

Here is a look at the top 5 reasons why you might want to format your Hard Drive:

The drive has limited storage left
The computer does not start
You are reading various Hard drive related errors
You want to upgrade your system
The performance of your PC is becoming sluggish

Now we discuss Formatting in detail:

In everyday use, and with all the malware floating around on the internet, or while reinstalling windows. Oftentimes, formatting is the only workable option. In simple terms, it is to prepare a storage medium to receive data.

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What is a Bad-Sector?

Nevertheless, A Bad-Sector is a disk sector that is unwritable or inaccessible due to permanent damage. This might be due to failed flash memory transistors or damage to the disk surface.

So, the quick format does not delete all the data. It only targets the File system Journaling. Plus, it does not scan the disk for Bad-Sectors. And ignores rebuilding the file system.

Moreover, if you recently purchased a computer. And your disk is already clean. A quick format can be an effective tool to delete unnecessary items. Especially, the cache that may occupy significant storage space on your computer.

How Long Does A Full Format take?

It takes around 5-7 hours to fully format a 2TB Hard Disk drive on Windows.

The difference between deleting a file VS Formatting it?

A file can stay on the system even after it is deleted. It is permanently lost when formatted.

Final Thoughts: 

In 2016, the Hard Disk Drive celebrates its 60th Anniversary. New computers come with a Solid State Drive or an SSD as their main storage. However, HDD’s remain an economical option. Let us take a brief look at history. The RAMAC was the first HDD-based computer. The storage was termed as IBM 350. It was huge. To save space, in the early 1960s, IBM came up with the 1311 Disk Storage device. The products in this series weighted around 9 pounds and were about the size of a washer/dryer. Today, the smaller size of the HDD gives the users more freedom.


Consequently, the Experts recommend a Full format. It can help remove the Bad-Sectors and fix or delete them.

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