Differences between fast and full formatting
When we format something in Windows, for example, a hard drive or a USB flash drive, we have the opportunity to choose the formatting method. Just two ways: fast formatting and full formatting. By default, full formatting is performed. If we want to perform quick formatting, then we must put a checkmark in front of the item “Quick (clear the table of contents)”. In this article, we will examine how quick formatting differs from full formatting.
Full disk formatting is a slow erase of all data. Thus, all information is erased. After formatting is completed, it will be impossible to recover any data on a flash drive or disk. Even such formatting allows you to find and fix bad sectors, this can increase the free space on the drive.
Quick disk formatting is a very quick procedure, with the help of which all files on the disk or flash drive are erased. After such formatting, data on the disk can be restored, but it is worth saying that the information that is necessary for data recovery continues to occupy space on the drive. After quick formatting, these sectors remain the same, so disk space is often lost.