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What are the disadvantages (if any) of doing a Quick Format when repartitioning a drive?

What are the disadvantages (if any) of doing a Quick Format when repartitioning a drive?

In Windows 7 (Professional) I'm repartitioning some drives and I see there's a checkbox for "quick format" (I assume if you don't check it then it does a not-so-quick format).

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Guest [Entry]

"You may not want to do a full format on a very large hard drive, it takes ages. a quick format serves the same purpose.

If you're worried about possible bad sectors, i recommend HD Tune for an error check, it is much faster. mind you, unlike thorough formatting, HD Tune will not mark defective sectors as bad. but if you find errors on a new hard drive you don't want to use it with marked bad sectors anyway, you will have it replaced under warranty. :)

Note: neither thorough nor quick format will wipe data on a hard disk drive beyond recovery. if that is your concern, then use DBAN."
Guest [Entry]

"I just did a regular format on a virtual 10MB drive with Vista, and it did zero it. The quick format did not; the test data I copied onto it was still visible and recoverable. That could be either good or bad.

For a brand new drive, there is no point in zeroing it. If you want to check it for errors, there are better ways, as Molly suggests. So do the quick format.

Reasonable people may disagree as to the non-tinfoil-hat feasibility of recovering data that has been simply zeroed, as opposed to overwritten 35 times with random patterns first. Surely the latter is not worse security-wise; but the former may be sufficient, and definitely takes much less time."