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    iv formattedmy drive somuch is it possible to loose performance?
    can i do i totally whipe drive and like get my performance back?

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    i dont think that formating your harddrive any number of times would cause it to lose performance

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    I can't say that I've ever heard of anything on a hdd losing performance after X amount of wipes. I guess when you think about it you are changing around the polarity of different parts every time you wipe but its not such a drastic event that it would throw it off so much to break it. Now what you can break by formatting the wrong way is the MBR. I've seen that happen with second wipe all the way down to like...5 years of wipes later. I hope I gave you some idea of why it can't happen from simple reformatting.

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    As long as you stay away from low-level formats.
    And do just normal high-level formats, you should be O.K.
    Making a new filesystem would be an example of a high-level format.

    cfdisk, create new partitions.
    mkreiserfs /dev/hda3

    Using the tools that came with your hard drive, and doing a low-level format to many times can be hazardous to your hard drive.
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    Is it even possible to do low-level formats with modern hard drives?

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    if you want different types of performances as well, whether you will be handling larger files of many more smaller ones, e.g. music etc, you can also manually set how many inodes you want the drive to have...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolda2000
    Is it even possible to do low-level formats with modern hard drives?
    I recently did it on a Maxtor hard drive with the Powermax utility.
    This hard drive was in an eMachine W4065, made in 2000/01. Somewhere in there.
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