Quick Format VS Full Format

When you format a partition in Windows, we believe you see the option “perform a quick format” is selected by default. If you agree and continue, Windows will perform a quick format for you. If you cancel this option, Windows will perform a full format for you. Do you know the difference between quick format and full format? We will compare quick format and full format to tell you in this post.
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Quick Format VS Full Format


What Happens in a Quick Format

A quick format only deletes the journaling part of the file systems like NTFS, ext3, ext4, as well as HFS+. This means that a “journal” is kept in order to keep track of what files are saved and where they are located on the hard drive. A quick format simply wipes this journal, and then lays a new, blank file system on top. That’s it.
Quick format doesn’t scan for bad sectors, and it doesn’t delete the data that’s on there. Therefore, once you carry out a quick format, you are still able to recover formatted data by using professional data recovery software. As you may have guessed, this is not the best choice if you’re concerned about privacy security.
How can you perform a quick format? As we have mentioned in the beginning, quick format is selected by default when you format a hard drive within Windows tools. But if Windows could not format a volume, read How Can You Fix “The Format Did Not Complete Successfully”?
Besides, you can employ all-in-one partition manager to help you. We recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard Free here because it is easy to use and works quickly.
The operation is easy. After the installation, select the partition that needs formatting and choose “Format Partition” from the action panel. In the pop-up window, select the desired file system and click “OK”. Finally, click Apply to put the pending operating into effect.
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What Happens in a Full Format

A full format is totally different. Experienced users always choose full format feature, thinking it is better suited for their computer, and this is correct. A full format completely wipes your hard drive but takes a long time. After a full format, no data recovery program is able to sniff out any useful data.
A full format also checks the hard drive for bad sectors. After years of usage, it is likely that there are bad sectors on your old computer. As we know, bad sectors tend to break the system, and even the whole drive.
But if you choose full format each time, you will have the chance to avoid hard drive corruption. If the full format finds a bad sector, it will attempt to fix it. Once the drive is fixed successfully, it is once again fully functional and all space on it can be used. Finally, the tables of the new file system are carefully constructed on the hard drive.
How to make a full format? Just uncheck the “quick format” option and then you will get Windows to full format the selected drive.


After reading the brief introduction to quick format VS full format, we think you know the difference between quick format and full format. In short, a full format is a better way to protect your hard drive as well as personal information from leakage. We suggest you carry out the quick format in the daily hard drive management but choose full format after a period of time especially when you need to clean the hard drive totally.


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