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?
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)