david889 15:17 24 Mar 2006

Is there a difference between quick Hard drive formatting and normal when installing windows xp.
Do they both do the same thing

  RobCharles1981 16:46 24 Mar 2006

Thats what I like too know too!!

  ed-0 16:47 24 Mar 2006

The difference is with a full format it scans the disk for errors.

  ed-0 16:54 24 Mar 2006

e.g. bad sectors

Both formats just mark the headers to the folders as unreadable, so do the same " format "

As with both formating, the data is still there till it is overwritten.

  Monument 17:02 24 Mar 2006

ed-0 is correctish.

In FAT32, the root directory and FAT's are zero'd out. removing all references to the data. Likewise in NTFS the system $ files are overwritten including the MFT, therefore removing all links to the data. In neither case is the data actually overwritten.

Incidentally if you full format a floppy disk that does overwrite the data area

  ed-0 17:11 24 Mar 2006

click here



  Monument 21:37 24 Mar 2006

Microsoft have described formatting in laymans terms.

As you said the only difference is full format runs a disk scan and quick format doesn't.

The actual formatting is as I have described.

  ed-0 22:47 24 Mar 2006

I am sure you are 100% correct. Unfortunatley that is way over my head.

I just know it in laymans terms.;-)

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