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By kislaya ·
Whether repeated formatting will make my harddisk weak? OR any loss of capability?

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by GuruOfDos In reply to Hard Disk Formatting Effe ...

No. Formatting will NOT wear your hard disk. All the time the drive is powered, the spindle runs at 5400 or 7200 rpm, whether you are formatting, writing or reading.

The drive heads are moved over the surface of the plattens by the armature and no extra wear in the armature bearings can be caused by formatting.

The heads never come into contact with the surface of the disk, unless you have a mechanical shock in excess of 2G which then causes a head crash - they actually 'fly' on a cushion of air, suspended by the armature, at a distance half the width of a human hair from the actual magnetic surface.

The only way to damage the hard drive electronically is by 'zapping' the firmware (some virii can do this) or by repeatedly runningwhat is called a crescendo test. This moves the head sequentially from the outermost cyclinder to the innermost, then to the outermost less one, the innermost less one and so on. Listening to a crescendo test is almost painful. It starts as a loud, slow rattling, and works up to a very high pitched whine as the step distance decreases to zero, then works back down to a rattle. In the 'old days' a crescendo test would give a pretty good indication of impending drive failure and show up mechanical errors in the drive.

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by Ann777 In reply to Hard Disk Formatting Effe ...

Repeated formatting should not have any effect on the drive... unless the drive is developing problems. Repeated formatting is a tool (you can find utility programs for doing this) used in measuring data capability of hdds.

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Disk Formatting Effe ...

A full format is the same as writing files to every cluster on your drive.

All magnetic media degrade slightly with every write cycle. So, yes there is some SLIGHT degradation of the drive with each format.
(notice the emphasis on slight)

That said, if you formatted the drive everyday, you might reduce the life of the drive from 10 years to to 9 years at most.

My question would be, what is the root problem that is causing you to need to format so often that you are concerned about this?

Typically, I format a drive less than 3 times over 5 years of use.

Chas

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