Factory New HDD -- Must Long Format be used or can i use Quick Format?
Wintel64 Vista32. Factory new HDD. "Quick Format" versus "Long/Default Format." MS nearly says that Quick Format can be used, but then contradicts by saying that Quick Format can be used only if the hdd has already been formatted Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a "clean" installation of Windows XP -- presumably this means Long Formatted. MS says that Long Format, in Vista (not XP) writes Zeros to every sector, and checks for bad sectors; this is what consumes the massive time of the Long. But I obviously have no need to write zeros, nor check for bad sectors, if I'm dealing with virgin hdd's; therefore, I would reason, that a Long should not be necessary -- but MS suggests that it is, or nowhere says on point that it's not.
This is an important matter because the time difference is staggering. An internal 1TB required 2.5 hrs for Long Format. And a dual bay JBOD, populated with 2 1TB hdd's, connected in RAID (so the system sees it as a single 2TB drive), connected by USB 2.0 (JBOD does not have eSata connector), is threatening, I estimate, between 30-36 consecutive hours!! [Quick Format requires only a few minutes.]