Should I Full format my HDD or Quick Format it?

I did a full format the other day which took around 5-6 hours on a Seagate 3TB HDD, yesterday I used it for maybe 1 picture and that's all I used it for.

Should I do a full format or a quick format regardless of how much content was on the HDD?

I know it you're probably going to ask why I need to format it but that's a longer story. :D

Thanks in advance and for any help received!
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  1. unless you have issues with the drive do quick i have never bothered with slow
  2. Quick format is enough .Full format takes more time.
  3. pirateslug said:
    I did a full format the other day which took around 5-6 hours on a Seagate 3TB HDD, yesterday I used it for maybe 1 picture and that's all I used it for.


    You should always perform a "full initialize" on a new or used HDD when placed in a foreign system. It is particularly important to perform a full initialization if you are placing this drive in any striped array (RAID 5 , 0, 6, 10, 50, 60...)

    If you are creating a pass-through or simple drive (single drive of 3TB), you can get away with a fast initialization, but what's the hurry?
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