Quick Format vs Full Format: Which Is More Suitable to You?

When you intend to format you hard drive, you can choose to use “Quick Format” or not. If you are confused about which one is more appropriate to your case, you can refer to this article. Here we will guide you to make the best decision.

The previous article “6 Easy Approaches to Format a Hard Drive in Windows” has introduced 6 means to format your hard drive. When you try to format a drive in Windows, you’ll see an enabled option – “Quick Format”. If you disable it, it is to be “Full Format”. Do you know their differences? If not, you will surely be puzzled at which one is more suitable to you. But don’t worry. In the followings, we’ll discuss about them separately.

Quick Format vs Full Format: Which Is More Suitable to You?

Quick Format

As its name suggests, “Quick Format” is fast disk formatting. It just removes files from the drive but doesn’t check the disk for bad sectors. Also, after quick format, any file recovery program can easily get back the lost files in that the files actually still exist in the drive until overwrite. For instance, you can easily recover PST file after Quick Format.

Suitable Cases:

1. Free up Space

If you just want to delete everything to free up space, you can use “Quick Format”. It can delete data in the drive and restore the drive space to its factory settings.

2. Don’t Require Disk Check

Additionally, if you can confirm that the hard drive is in good state and don’t wish to check it for bad sectors, you can choose “Quick Format”. It is powerful enough for your case.

3. Long for Speed

Besides, if you are reluctant to waiting long time for format to finish, you’d better use “Quick Format”. It usually takes 3 to 5 minutes or so, which is far faster than “Full Format”.

Full Format

In comparison, “Full Format” is more comprehensive. Not only will it remove the files from the drive permanently but also it will scan the drive for bad sectors. In a nutshell, what it does is much more than “Quick Format”. Hence, it is full disk formatting, which is so slow that it generally takes hours.

Suitable Cases:

1. Give away a Drive

If you want to give away a hard drive, you should erase and destroy the drive data. In this case, you should apply “Full Format”. It will wipe the drive data thoroughly. Any recovery software will make effects. Thus, it is more secure.

2. Wish Disk Check

What’s more, assuming that you aren’t sure about whether the hard drive is in good state or not, you may want to include “Disk Check” feature during format. Or if you would like to repair a drive via formatting, it is recommended to apply “Full Format”. It’ll scan the drive for bad sectors or errors and try to fix them.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including fix sql and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com