The right thing here, the (fast) option is only really for deleting data on the drive. At the same time, the full NTDS option you chose is always best, as it allows any bad sectors to be checked and corrected, also it allows the elimination of spyware/malware.
Whatever you do, dont't choose the FAT32 options, this is an older system and is not really as stable as NTFS.
my hardrive failed ad i was forced to format and reinstall windows xp sp2, during the installion i noticed something very intresting.
in the DOS menu of the windows xp installation, a user is usually given an option to delete and created a new partition, upon doing so, the user will be given two choices:
1-format partition into ntfs (fast)
2-format partition into ntfs
(i have the chinese version of windows xp so i don't know how the english version will differ but this is basically a direct transletion of what i saw and understood.)
now the two options are abit confusing since they both seem to do the same thing, only one of them has the word "fast" right next to it, which i don't quite get what it means, i was confused so i went with option 2 just to be safe.
but now i wonder what's the difference between the "fast" option and the other option, i have no idea which one is actually better, so please help, many thanks.
by the way i didn't split my partition in the windows installation, i only delete the old single partition and then create a new one in it's place, in the end i only have 1 partition, my hardrive is hitachi SATA 80gb, hope this helpes.