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May 5, 2014 12:27:13 PM

I am currently building a new gaming computer, and my friend said that you should always Advance Format all new Hard Drives. Is this necessary, as since it is a 2 TB, it might take a while. Is this true?

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May 5, 2014 12:32:52 PM

It is not necessary, but it is a good idea to do so. During the formatting you can find out whether the drive is defective or not, and also check it's health.

This way you are installing Windows on a known good disk.
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May 5, 2014 1:06:18 PM

Hi

What do you understand by 'advance format'

Most large (>+500GB) hard disks use a low level format with 4k sectors instead of previous 0.5K (512) sectors and emulate 512 sectors This is advanced format and required Vista and latter to partition correctly
Some recent advanced format drives do not emulate the 512 sectors

I expect you mean untick quick format this does a thorough test of partition space and erases any info on partition if Vista or latter.

If a brand new hard drive I probably would not bother but on an old PC/laptop I would use Hard disk diagnostics program or full format so I find out about hard disk problems before installing Windows
(Note this is not a Advanced Format)

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Mike Barnes
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May 5, 2014 1:57:07 PM

I think he means "Format in advance" (format before installing the OS).
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May 5, 2014 3:17:30 PM

Hi

Stefan thought it would take a long time so I presumed he ment NOT using default Quick Format

On a new drive a Quick Format is OK and on a old (used) hard disk a format of some sort is advised before a clean install

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May 5, 2014 6:53:57 PM

In my part, in case of any unwanted problems in the future, the advanced formatting could be a good way to go on.
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