Disk Format: How Better is Full Format than Quick Format? | Full Format vs Quick Format

We are much familiar with the word ‘Disk Format’. Formatting a disk isn’t such easy as you think. It is not just clicking a couple of options from the context menu as well. Disk formatting is of two types, one the quick format which we opt for in most cases and another the full format. There is a significant difference between these two options that you’ll regret going for quick format after reading this article.

Antivirus shown virus in my pendrive and I formatted it. I thought I lost virus along with my important data, but when I tried to use it the next time, the virus showed up again. I’m afraid if i’ll have to format my computer. I don’t want to do it as I had all my data in it. Please help me on this regard!
- A visitor of amfastech

Does that happen with you too? if not, beware! this might happen to you also in the future. Can you guess what made the virus come back in that visitor’s case? It is the ‘quick format’ which did it all. Confused? read out further.


The quick format will only remove all the files on the drive. The files include visible, read-only and system files. I believe formatting is not just removing files. It should repair the bad sectors by removing the fragmented data in the drive. I am not blaming the quick format option but I'm trying to point out the situation of formatting the disk when a drive is affected.

The quick format option is good to go when you want to delete all information in the drive along with the hidden and system files. On the other hand, if you want to clean format you disk that removes the bad sectors and hidden viruses also, go for full format.

The reason why people go for the quick format is the time it takes to format the disk. As there is no extra thing to do other than deleting all files, quick format completes in a very short time. Though it is, it won’t help you in tough situations.

You no need to format the disk every time you see a virus notification from it. Some viruses look typical but it is easy to get back data with little knowledge of DOS.

The full format would clean up the disk along with the bad sectors and fragmentations. So it takes a little longer time for it to complete the formatting.

Full formatting a newly brought hard drive is also the setting up of file structure. So the brand-new hard drives always need to be fully formatted and you cannot go for a quick format for the first time. When you choose to reformat your hard drive, do it with immense care and have patience till it finishes.

It is ok when we talk about some external disks like pen drives and removable media. What’s the difference between full formatting and the quick formatting while installing OS?

Quick formatting and full formatting options are shown while installing the Windows XP operating system. The later version of Windows operating systems like Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 only show up a single formatting option.

Windows XP OS uses FAT file system whereas later versions are upgraded with the new file system, NTFS. With NTFS, you can control access to any file or folder, allowing different types of access for different users or groups of users.

The format options in the FAT files system in the installation of XP is as same as format options we’ve seen before. Format options in the NTFS file system in the installation of Windows 7 and 8 consists of one and only one option which completes so quickly.

So what do you think? Does it still seem to you formatting is as simple as you think? and which format option are you going to choose for the next time? Comment your thoughts below!

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