formatting pc

Posted on 2006-04-26
Last Modified: 2010-07-27
when we format pc, there are 4 options:
1)format using ntfs (QUICK)
2)format using fat (QUICK)
3)format using ntfs
4)format using fat

as im formatting using ntfs, whats the difference between (1) and (3) ?
Question by:nwhan
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    Accepted Solution

    Option 3 tests every sector of the disk to make sure the disk has no bad sectors.  Typically, I use 1 on new disks and 3 on old disks.
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    Author Comment

    thanks for reply.
    so for option (3), will the system do a sorf of like recovery of bad sectors ? will the 2 options make any difference ? other than scanning for bad sectors ?
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    The two options make no difference other than the time it takes and that 3 scans for and should mark bad sectors as bad.
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    Expert Comment

    Here is the official word from MS on this topic, mainly it says what leew already did:;en-us;302686&Product=winxp
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    Author Comment

    thanks man...i've been formatting simply using (1), and (3) sometimes. ahah..

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