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Is it bad to turn off hard drive while formatting??

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April 23, 2009 6:12:40 AM

Hi, I was wondering if its bad to turn off hard drive while you are formatting. I'm dead tired right now and can't stay up for this, lol. Or should I just leave it on?
a b G Storage
April 23, 2009 6:39:26 AM

Yes, very bad. Just let the system run.
a b G Storage
April 23, 2009 6:53:30 AM

You can always sleep on it :) 
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April 23, 2009 8:54:31 AM

No, it is not bad. Nothing will happen, other than you need to start over.
a b G Storage
April 23, 2009 9:13:48 AM

Disagree. That's using a hard disk (adding to its wear and tear) for nothing.
April 23, 2009 10:32:12 AM

Oh? So because you add 2 hours of extra wear and tear (you are not even stressing the drive when doing this procedure) to the drives life is bad? Hardly.

Also keep in mind: the second you turn on your computer, the harddrive will begin to spin and keep spinning until you turn off your computer.
April 23, 2009 12:25:32 PM

Its not best practice to turn off a hard disk while its operating. That said its not likely to kill the drive, but I would let it run to completion.
April 23, 2009 12:51:48 PM

Turning a harddrive off (suddenly, which i don't even think is the case here) can mess up a file system. But in this case there isn't even a file system to mess up.

And there is absolutely no harm done to a modern harddrive that has its power cut off suddenly.
April 23, 2009 3:36:40 PM

mikrev007 said:
Turning a harddrive off (suddenly, which i don't even think is the case here) can mess up a file system. But in this case there isn't even a file system to mess up.

And there is absolutely no harm done to a modern harddrive that has its power cut off suddenly.


Thanks for the reply. Anyways I turned it off...That first reply scared me, lol. But it seems generally that it'll be ok, right? I just need to start the process again. Its a brand new western digital caviar black so there's no data on it.
a b G Storage
April 24, 2009 11:43:12 PM

It should be fine, though I don't know why you didn't just leave it on all night.
October 8, 2010 1:40:33 PM

related topic, can canceling a format on a second hard drive cause all identifying information on the hard drive to be wiped? HDD recognized as existing in bios, but according to bios has 0 MB and no manufacturer.
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