new HDD format before use or not?

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  1. Zfast4y0u

    Zfast4y0u Notebook Enthusiast

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    hi, was wondering what you guys think about formating secundary drive (new drive for storage just without OS) before loading it with DATA. should it be done? and if yes, why? let me know.

    WD black 2 TB.
     
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    Actually, you have to.

    In order for your computer to use a drive, it has to have at least one partition and formatted with a file system that the OS you are using can write files to the disk.
     
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    i forgot to mention, this drive comes in my new pc, i already set partitions in order, 2x 1TB, im asking should i still format it cause who knows maybe the guy who was setting it up did fast format and i read something, first time drive should be set to wipe it till 30 times or something..
     
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    Ummm, no, No need to format 30 times. Quick format is fine, no need to low level format on a new drive, that would be nothing but a waste of time.
     
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    that were my thoughts, what do you think about quick format vs pc infected with some nasty viruses? is 1x wipe enough to be sure you are clean?
     
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    Ive never had an issue quick formatting when a drive is infected with viruses.
     
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    @Raiderman is correct. Assuming you're not wanting to do a low-level block read or some kind of recovery on the files that used to be there, once a format has been applied, you can consider all the data on the drive gone.
     
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    To me a quick format is enough to clear everything out unless you want to use something like killdisk to wipe it clean before formatting as a data drive. But that is the extreme here. Standard Quick format is good enough to wipe it clean to be reused as data drive.
     
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    I done that without problem just reformat as just a drive and that will remove all previous partitions. I usually just use it all as one 2tb don't make partitions or partitions the drive just make it one.
     
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