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by iwan_antonius / November 30, 2004 11:34 AM PST

Is it true that formatting computer routinely can spoil or destroy the hard disk?

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Not really. It and defrag are
by Ray Harinec / November 30, 2004 12:04 PM PST
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somewhat similar. If you did it every day it might shorten the life, although defrag probably wouldn't do much data movement if done every day, but formatting would.

Formatting certainly spoils the data. LOL

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Re: Not really. It and defrag are
by iwan_antonius / December 1, 2004 12:03 PM PST

So, formatting routinely could shorten the life of the computer, but who would? ^-^ but, does defrag cause harm too, if we do it everyday?

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Iwan, The 'Defrag' Issue Has Been Discussed Before...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 2, 2004 1:37 AM PST

...and at great length.. Here's a link:

Generally, Defragging isn't necessary on a daily basis, although some insist on doing so. For most home users, every two weeks to once a month works fine. It doesn't appear that defragging daily does much harm to the hard drive. They're designed to last longer than most users keep them.

In regards to routinely formatting the computer, I find no reason to format unless the computer is running badly. There isn't sufficient "gain" by doing so and there can be a lot of lost time and effort to reinstalling everything again. I work with computers that have run well for 7-8 years which have NEVER been reformatted. I've got a 6 year old Windows 98 machine which was reformatted within the first 3 months but has never been formatted again. (It came with some corrupted files from the factory.) My current Windows XP SP2 HOME machine is a year old now and I dont' intend on doing a reformat and reinstall unless I have to.

For most users, keep up with computer maintenance and it's simply not necessary.

Hope this helps.


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