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Windows 7: Can I use computer while formatting second hard drive

24 Aug 2011   #1
bcmerr01

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I use computer while formatting second hard drive

I'm fully formatting a second hard drive in my computer and it's a 3tb drive so it's going to take a while. I was wondering if I could watch videos I have on my other drive or if that would cause the process to run less efficiently or even skip sectors it was supposed to check.


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24 Aug 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums bcmerr01.
I think you could watch video but it would likely not play well. If I was doing something as important as a drive format, I'd just wait till it was done.
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24 Aug 2011   #3
Al Fairclough

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

As long as you are not running with a single core CPU and have a decent amount of memory, you should be fine, imo.
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24 Aug 2011   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bcmerr01 View Post
I'm fully formatting a second hard drive in my computer and it's a 3tb drive so it's going to take a while. I was wondering if I could watch videos I have on my other drive or if that would cause the process to run less efficiently or even skip sectors it was supposed to check.
bcmerr,

I'm very religious--I am a devout coward.

I would not do anything else and do not do anything else while formatting a drive. I also do not have weird problems and disasters.
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25 Aug 2011   #5
Scenarious

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You will have no problems using your machine while a drive formats. Done it bazillions of times... At least.... Maybe more.
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25 Aug 2011   #6
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

I wouldn't...
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25 Aug 2011   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It shouldn't take very long to format a drive, even one that large, so I'm thinking it would be a moot point.
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25 Aug 2011   #8
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Yes you can.
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25 Aug 2011   #9
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

There is no real problem in doing something else while you are formatting a drive. At worse, things will seem a little sluggish if you are on a computer with a slow or single processor as even SATA still hits the CPU a little. This will not cause problems with the formatting of the drive, you will just notice sluggishness of your system due to competing resources if you have a low end system.
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25 Aug 2011   #10
Scenarious

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

^^What Keiichi25 said is spot on. There's absolutely no worries to use your computer while a drive formats. Just don't go forgetting about it and restarting the machine. I work on all kinds of machines and do it all the time. Never had a problem.
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