Should I use a quick of slow format of an external hd

Posted on 2006-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I just go a new usb external hd.  It was fat32.  I went to disk management and started a format  of the fat32 to ntfx but did not select the quick format method.

After 10 percent of formatting, it terminated as the usb cable came out.  So i restarted the format and this time selected the quick format of fat32 to ntfs. It was done almost instantantly.

Question:  Is this ok to do (with the first format not finishing) but it was on a brand new drive so I am hoping the 2nd attempt (quick format) is ok eventhough the 1st attempt failed.

Question by:bob733
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    To be on the safe side I always do a full format from fat32 to ntfs.  If it already had ntfs on it then I would do quick.

    No reason but for my own peace of mind.
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    by:Nick Denny
    Quick format does not do a surface scan (and therefore does not check for bad clusters etc).

    On a brand new drive I would always recommend a full format.
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    "... it terminated as the usb cable came out ..." ==> should I ask ????  :-)  :-)

    First, I would definitely do a full format on a new drive.   Second, even if you had already done that, I'd do a full surface scan of the drive after the cable was pulled in the middle of a write !!

    A full format on modern drives DOES take a while -- do it overnight :-)

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