format seems to be taking a long time

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  1. supaidaaman

    supaidaaman Senior member

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    I just got a new 640gb WD drive to put into an external case from rosewill. Im formatting it connected to the USB port (in windows disk management)....and it seems like its taking a long time.

    Its been 2 hours and its only at 52%

    Is that normal? Can I stop it and try something else?



    (also as a side note, if the drive lays on its back it rattles the case pretty bad, but when I rotate it, its fine) Maybe its the drive spin rattling????
     
  2. dfuze

    dfuze Lifer

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    I used the same method on my 500gb drive and it took forever on full format (as opposed to quick format). I don't remember how long it took overall though.
     
  3. supaidaaman

    supaidaaman Senior member

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    I dont think I can wait 2hours, i need to move the system...Can I just stop the format and do it later? Ill have to start over right?
     
  4. RebateMonger

    RebateMonger Elite Member

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    You can stop the format and do a Quick Format instead. Then do a Chkdsk /r overnight if you wish to scan the surface of the drive for errors.
     
  5. Raduque

    Raduque Lifer

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    I've never been able to quick format a fresh from the factory hard drive.

    My 1TB drive took 6 hours to format(not on USB).
     
  6. Zap

    Zap Elite Member

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    Strange. That's how I always do it.

    Are you formatting from Explorer, or from Computer Management? I always use Computer Management.
     
  7. faxon

    faxon Platinum Member

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    computer managment, or a third party app like partitionmagic, will be able to run a quick format just fine. never format from explorer lol
     
  8. Nothinman

    Nothinman Elite Member

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    The difference between a full and quick format is a purely software option, there's nothing about a drive that forces one or the other.

    Partition Magic is a waste of money and Computer Management and Explorer use the same functions for formatting the drive, there's no difference between them.
     
  9. DanDaMan315

    DanDaMan315 Golden Member

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    I always long format just to make sure all the bits are actually erased and not searchable or detectable. It makes your drive faster in the long run any way, quick format doesn't format the entire drive. I have a 640GB and it did take a little while, about 2 hours total. You probably just have a slow hard drive. Get a SSD :p
     
  10. Nothinman

    Nothinman Elite Member

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    A full format with the Windows tools doesn't erase the full drive, all it does is verify that all of the blocks are readable.

    The end result is the same with both types of format, neither one will affect the drive's speed.
     
  11. edplayer

    edplayer Platinum Member

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    My drive was a 7200rpm drive but I did a full format and now its 7300rpm

    :eek:
     
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