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Windows 7: Does Formatting HDD Frequently Reduce the Life and Performance?


21 Sep 2011   #1

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Does Formatting HDD Frequently Reduce the Life and Performance?

Hi everyone i would like to know that Formatting a HDD frequently reduces the Life and Performance? i mean to say Complete Formatting (from Diskpart) NOT Quick Format

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21 Sep 2011   #2

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Yes.

If you are doing a full format that is a lot of writing to the drive.
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21 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes.

If you are doing a full format that is a lot of writing to the drive.
Theoretically yes but considering that the mean failure time for a sector is 1.6 million hours, it'll take many, many formats for the drive to go bad simply because of being formatted.
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21 Sep 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes.

If you are doing a full format that is a lot of writing to the drive.
Theoretically yes but considering that the mean failure time for a sector is 1.6 million hours, it'll take many, many formats for the drive to go bad simply because of being formatted.
1.6 million hours? i little dont understand can you please explain what is failure time for a sector?
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21 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Hi everyone i would like to know that Formatting a HDD frequently reduces the Life and Performance?
Yes, it will. But the next question is: by HOW MUCH will it reduce drive life, and that is a question that no one here can answer with any degree of certainty.

Presumably you have a situation where you need to format frequently, and if that is the case I would simply say to have a backup available, and also I suppose to consider using drive(s) with good failure specifications and warranty terms.
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21 Sep 2011   #6

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Failure time being 1.6 million hours means we will all be dead by that time the clock strikes 12!

" If you mess with it long enough it will break!"
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21 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You'll need to read and write to one part of a disk for very long before it gives you any trouble.

The biggest enemies of a hard disk are shock (mechanical or electrical), vibration and heat.
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23 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

It will have effectively have zero zilch nada effect on your HHD's life unless you plan on reformatting your drive 24/7 for umm the next 5 years. Certainly nothing I would bother about.
They can however fail for a bunch of other reasons so as always you should image your fresh install and make back ups of your data so in the unlikely event that it goes ni ni you can get up and running post haste.
There is software available you can run that will check your drives for potential problems.
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01 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for all the information friends
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