Details of quick format and regular format in Windows® 7
What are the differences between regular and quick format on Windows 7?
If you are attempting to perform a clean installation of Windows 7 on your system, you can be presented with four options to format the hard disk drive partition. These include the format the partition using the NTFS file system, format the partition using the NTFS file system, Leave the current file system intact and format the partition using the FAT file system. Both regular format and quick format are methods for removing files from hard disk drive partitions. Regular format and quick format differs in the case of whether or not the volume is scanned for bad sectors using the 'chkdsk' command. If you are choosing a regular format, then hard disk is scanned to remove bad sectors before files are removed. Thus, it is time consuming. Whereas, quick format, as its name specifies, is fast in nature.
Here are some methods on performing quick format on Windows 7:
- Enable quick format
- Avoid interruptions
- Backup data
Enable quick format
To start quick format, you need to open the Start menu and select 'My Computer'. Now you need to right-click on 'My Computer' and select the 'Manage' option from the pop-up menu. If your computer displays a window with message "Windows needs your permission to continue”, then you need to then click 'Continue' to proceed to the next step. You need to then left-click on the 'Storage' menu and go to 'Disk Management'. Then, click 'Disk Management' to get the list of drives. You need to right-click on the drive and select the 'Format' option and select 'NTFS' in the 'File System' and 'Default under 'Allocation Unit Size'. Then, tick the checkbox 'Perform a quick format'.
As you are performing quick format of the hard disk drive partitions, you need to take care of avoiding any type of interruptions. It is important to allow the formatting process to be completed successfully. The interruption must be avoided as it can damage the drive completely. You need not remove or disconnect the drive until the formatting is completed.
Quick format removes all data included in the system hard disk drive. So, you are advised to take a backup of data before starting the formatting process and copy it to an external storage media. If you forget to do so, then you can use the data with the advanced recovery options.
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