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Windows 7: Not quite sure about doing "full format" after "clean all"


04 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Not quite sure about doing "full format" after "clean all"

Okay so,


ive done "clean all" on all of my drive's (3 of them), to get to the point, to make sure everything, even infections are deleted, i do know clean all does this job already but, does it hurt to do a full format of the drive right after using the clean all command...? will it affect the clean all command?.. or is there nothing to worry about and can i full format my drive instead of quick right away now ;D?


thanks for awnsering my qeustion!

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04 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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The Clean All command securely deletes all the data on the hard drive so a full format is not necessary afterwards.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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04 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
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The Clean All command securely deletes all the data on the hard drive so a full format is not necessary afterwards.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
i understood that, but if i choose to do a full format after creating the partition on the HDD i previously used clean all on to clean it, does this make it unclean again..? i want an as clean as possible instalation! that's why im asking


ps. thankyou for the welcome
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04 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

No, it doesn't.

If I can use this analogy: If you wash and clean your car, giving it a final polish doesn't put all the dirt back.

There is no necessity to format your drive after using the Clean All command, but if you want to format afterwards then go ahead - it does not undo Clean All.
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04 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
No, it doesn't.

If I can use this analogy: If you wash and clean your car, giving it a final polish doesn't put all the dirt back.

There is no necessity to format your drive after using the Clean All command, but if you want to format afterwards then go ahead - it does not undo Clean All.

i did mean a full format, as in no quick format, that doesnt affect it either ;o?


sorry for the trouble, as you might know, it's always nice to be sure !
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04 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

There is no need for a full format.

However, any partitions you create after you've used Diskpart to clean the drive will require at least a quick format before they can be used.

The only exceptions are the system reserved partition that is created during a clean install and the partition you install Windows to as Windows will automatically format it.

But I repeat, any formatting carried out after you've used the Clean All command does not undo the cleaning process.
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04 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dennisjehz View Post


i did mean a full format, as in no quick format, that doesnt affect it either ;o?


sorry for the trouble, as you might know, it's always nice to be sure !
The only reason I can see to do a full format after using clean all is if you think you might have bad sectors and need to re-allocate the drive to remove the bad sectors from the allocation table. Otherwise, a quick format is sufficient, as seavixen32 has pointed out.

Neither format type will make your hard disk "dirty" again.
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04 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Ive got a second qeustion, while i was asleep the proccess finished, of "clean all", do you people know if the pc goes into standby or sleep when > ( i'm booted up in the setup from usb ? ) and could of caused the HDD's to be locked up and causing it to finish earlier..?
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04 Jan 2012   #9

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Hi,

Usually your monitor might turn off, but it can be turned back again simly by moving the mouse or hitting a key on the keyboard. I'm not sure about the rest of the system though....again it can usually be woken up by moving/interacting with the peripherals.

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04 Jan 2012   #10
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There is no value to using the Diskpart Clean All command that the Clean command doesn't provide, except to more securely overwrite data so it is not retrievable.

The value of either command for installation is to clear the boot sector which is needed only in rare cases where installation is failing, and the Clean command will do this much faster.

It is mistaken to think that your HD is any cleaner using the Clean All command, as data being written doesn't know the difference if there is a 0, 1 or all 0's under it. Our Security experts here have confirmed that infection cannot survive in any case.
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