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Old 25 March 2015, 12:33   #29
thomas
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Whenever you see "low-level format" in any program, keep your hands away from it by all means. Stick a piece duct tape on the monitor where the button would appear so that you never see it nor click it.

Whenever you see "quick" next to "format" in a program, choose "quick". There is no need at all to do a full format of a harddrive of any kind. All harddrives available today come already low-level formatted by the manufacturer and there is no software which can change this. For harddrives the "format" button does nothing useful, it only wastes time and energy.

Only for floppy disks you might need to use "format" rather than "quick".
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