#1
what formatting the hard drive is? i always see it but never got a clear definition on what it is and what it does.

thanks.
#3
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As in formatting to, say FAT32, right?

i dont know anything about it, so i wouldnt know.
#4
umm...i believe its when u delete everything, and basically start from scratch

like when u first get ur comp, and nothings installed/set up....thats a clean, formatted hardrive, ready for gigs upon gigs of pr0n.
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#7
do it, then ill explain it to you


srsly dont... it deletes everything
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#8
All you need to know is your child porn doesn't go away when you do it. UG needs this kind of advice.

Not sure on the specifics myself, but fast formatting doesn't get rid of viruses, and even "slow" formatting is not a safe means of deleting the info permanently. Try wiki or something.
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All you need to know is your child porn doesn't go away when you do it. UG needs this kind of advice.

Not sure on the specifics myself, but fast formatting doesn't get rid of viruses, and even "slow" formatting is not a safe means of deleting the info permanently. Try wiki or something.

i dont have child porn OR viruses. i seriously didnt know what formatting was until now.
#10
Formatting the hard drive isn't the process of wiping it. Formatting the hard drive will probably wipe data, but to my knowledge the different format types vary in terms of data storage and transferring.

EDIT: a good way to wipe a hard drive is to reformat it though. /EDIT

An unformatted drive will probably have errors in moving large amounts of data, i.e. pirated versions of the new command and conquer game. But, in an external drive, you can use it on a Mac or PC.

A FAT32 format, is I believe the windows standard, and it can accurately transfer lots of date without crashes and errors. On an external drive, a FAT32 partition or drive cannot be recognised or used well on a mac.

That's pretty much the pinnacle of my knowledge on the subject.

EDIT: My bad, looks like NTFS is the windows standard.
Last edited by BrianApocalypse at Sep 17, 2007,
#12
When you format a drive, you remove the File Allocation Table (FAT), which basically is an index containing the "paths" to all the files in the different sectors on the disk.

The nice thing about formatting that most people doesn't know, is that is you perform what is called a quick format, the files on the disk are NOT removed, only the index is. Think of it like tearing out the indexpages in a book. Everything is still there, you just don't know how to get it out. SO, if you ever format your disk accidentally, DO NOT START TO WRITE NEW FILES TO IT! There are UnFormat programs which can get your files back.
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#13
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umm...i believe its when u delete everything, and basically start from scratch

like when u first get ur comp, and nothings installed/set up....thats a clean, formatted hardrive, ready for gigs upon gigs of pr0n.



+1...Don't format it.
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#14
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i dont have child porn OR viruses. i seriously didnt know what formatting was until now.

I was just kidding

But yeah, basically it's deleting the index. I'm not sure on specifics, and what the hell you doing coming to UG for advice? Might as well go to a philosopher for a concrete answer.
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#15
You see, there's this thing called GOOGLE and basically it's a search engine. It can easily solve almost any simple question such as this one. Next time, you might want to try that.