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Quick Format vs Full Format – What’s the Difference?

Formatting a hard disk


You might format your drive due to various reasons such as while reinstalling OS or getting rid of format errors, etc. While formatting disk on Windows PC, you might come across Quick Format or Full Format option. Here, you may get confused on which to choose and how to use. What’s the difference between them and so on – questions arise in your mind.

Well, here is a brief explanation of them. Read on to know more…

Full format: Incase of full format option, the files are completely erased from the volume. Also, it scans for bad sectors on the drive, if found then it tries to fix it. This creates a new file system table on the hard drive. After the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft has started writing zeros to all its data sectors. Hence, full format takes much more time than the quick format.

Quick format: Rather than deleting entire data (and replacing it with zeroes), you can delete the file system journaling with this quick format. A quick format erases the journal that is used to keep a track of the file and its location on the hard drive. Here, it won’t scan the disk for bad sectors and skips rebuilding the file system. So after that, you can write new data and the older data gets overwritten.

So, Full format VS Quick format – which to choose?

As said above, a quick format doesn’t destroy your data. The data is still present on the disk and using file recovery software, it’s possible to undelete the files. The full format also scrubs the hard drive from scratch and rebuilds all the file structures. So, it’s a good option, if you are selling a device or giving it away. With full format, disk performance, speed, and stability of the drive can be increased. However, if your hard drive doesn’t have bad sectors then the quick format is suitable. If you aren’t sure then perform a full format.

However, while formatting the drive, if any important files are deleted from your drive then worry not; Formatted Hard Drive Recovery tool comes handy to restore data in few mouse clicks. You can recover files after quick format or full format with this utility. This tool is compatible with various Windows versions including Windows 10. Also, restores data from various storage devices including external or internal hard drives, pen drives, memory cards, etc.

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