New XP install: Quick NTFS Format vs. Lengthy NTFS format

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    When formatting your computer and setting up a
    new install of Windows XP, you are given two choices....

    * Quick NTSF Format
    * NTSF Format (lengthy)

    If I am formatting due to a virus I always use the
    lengthy method.

    However....

    This time I needed to reformat and I just did the
    quick format. Took under 30 seconds (compared to
    50 minutes)

    Will I have any problems using the quick format?
     
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    The type of format should not affect the virus (either should get rid of it).

    The reason to do the lengthy format is speed.
     
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    do the normal format, and kill the partition as well and remake the partition.
     
  4. Chris

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    Ron-

    According to MS, the only reason to ever do a full format is if you suspect the hard drive may have bad sectors, etc. and you need a verification. According to the MS Partners Guide:

    "Only in situations where a RAID is involved, or if the drive may be suspected of containing errors, should the full format be used. By default, it is disabled in the pre-install environment."

    I think that says it all [​IMG]
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Thanks guys.
     
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    The way I see it, quick formatting plays on the favorable odds that a drive is going to be healthy enough that you can successfully install the OS and then scan it for problems later.

    I always do a quick format, install the OS, get everything going right, and then do a full scan of the drives afterward. That way when I walk away from it, I don't have much if any more work to do when I get back. If I do a full format at the start, then I still have a lot of work to do after the long wait.
     

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