Formatting Hard disks

Is it safe to format hard drives once every six months? Does formatting affect the hard disk and reduce its lifespan?
shraddha_brainsAsked:
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compfixer101Commented:
can format them no problem won't shorten life only the on and off of the motor shortens them

shouldn't need need to format them every six month's unless it is necessary i would say harddrives should be formatted every 3.5 years

and have a newer os on them

can format sooner if they get way to full and slow    however they could be slow because of the motor speed on it some of the older ones are 5400 RPM's some newr ones are 7200 RPM's and the newest one are 10000 RPM's but the the faster the motor the sooner they burn out so i would suggest to get a 7200 RPM HDD western digital they are very good last pretty long
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi shraddha_brains,

Nope, this is perfectly safe.

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LucF
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Wojciech DudaCommented:
Hi shraddha_brains,

nope, it is the same as if writing other data on it. I just don't think formatting is neccessary so often with a modern OS.

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jvuzCommented:
Why do you want to reformat every 6 months?
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ridCommented:
An operating system format doesn't do much at all with the data area - it doesn't wear the disk, if that's what you mean.
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bravado042997Commented:
As long as you are doing a low level format, it's safe and I usually wind up wipe and dropping my PC twice a year.

Amazing how quick windows is when nothing much is installed....

I just backup everything I need and use a boot diskette to wipe it and then boot the OS CD....   XP will only offer to format it NTFS unless it's pre-formatted FAT-32 already....

Expect your HD's to last 3 years [typical warranty period]  For some reason, mine tend to croak about a month before the warranty expires, very annoying!

I can't go 2 weeks waiting on a replacement....  the replacement always winds up being the D: drive....  

Thank goodness they are now so CHEAP!





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