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  1. #1
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    Reformating Question

    Hey All! Well I decided to do a fresh install of WinXP, so I started the reinstall, but have had a few problems, but I think I got it now, but I just have a quick question. With all the problems with the reinstall, I've had to do a lot of deleating partions and a lot of reformating. And I was just wondering if doing a lot of reformating and stuff wore the hard drive down a lot. Becuase I've done about 6 reformats so just wondering if I'm really hurting my drive or if it's ok.

    Shane

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    Re: Reformating Question

    Certainly it does place extra wear on the drive, but nothing you need to worry about unless you do it 6 times a day every day.
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    Re: Reformating Question

    Quote Originally Posted by pedinski_s
    Hey All! Well I decided to do a fresh install of WinXP, so I started the reinstall, but have had a few problems, but I think I got it now, but I just have a quick question. With all the problems with the reinstall, I've had to do a lot of deleating partions and a lot of reformating. And I was just wondering if doing a lot of reformating and stuff wore the hard drive down a lot. Becuase I've done about 6 reformats so just wondering if I'm really hurting my drive or if it's ok.

    Shane
    No. None of that places any more wear and tear on a drive than does normal everyday use. In fact, probably less, because of the lazy sequential type of operation it is, as opposed to benchmarking it, or normal use, which stresses the head servo much more.

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    Re: Reformating Question

    quick formatting is not a heavy operation on the hard drive, since all it really does is rewriting the file allocation table (or whatever it is called in NTFS). "Full" formatting on the other hand, writes and reads from every single sector on the drive, and as such is a much more intensive op.
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