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When installing a brand new hard drive, it is OK to do a quick format or is a full format a better idea
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I always do a full format. If there are problems with a drive they usually show up during a full format and may not show up under a quick format. Also, after the full format it starts the install automatically so when you come back to it 45 minutes to an hour later it's all done and you can be reasonably sure the drive is good. If you don't you could be looking at minor glitches down the road and then you will have wasted much time just because you didn't want to wait a little bit longer for it to format. Just my opinion, but i think it's saved me many headaches.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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The only difference is that a full format will test every sector of the hard disk where as a quick format does not and if there's a bad sector you could lose data later on.  In general, I do quick formats on new drives and full formats on older drives.  And it's completely pointless to do a full format on a virtual hard drive.
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as you can see from leew's answer, it depends on what position you take :
-if you want to be sure, do a full format (or even : run the drive manufacturers diag on it first, to detect errors at the start)
-if time is more important, use the quick format option
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If it's brand new from the manufacturer...quick format should be sufficient. If your the cautious type, run the complete manufacturer diagnostic set before doing anything to check for hardware errors.

If it's new to you...I'd do a disk wipe (3-5 times) and then a quick format.
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i usually just do quick formats. No probs so far.
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