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how long does it take to format 250GB?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by karmaticlove, Aug 3, 2006.

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  1. karmaticlove

    karmaticlove Thread Starter

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    It has been 3 or 4 hours and... still going.

    Drive is a Western Digital 250 (really more like 232) GB, 8MB cache, one touch, external hard drive.

    USB2 connection.

    Win XP
    1.7 GHz Celeron
    756MB DDR RAM
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Processor and board specs, please.

    And, what is the percentage at present?

    I had one recently that was taking "forever". I restarted the computer and started the format again and it was finished in about 15- 20 minutes.
     
  3. karmaticlove

    karmaticlove Thread Starter

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    Man, if the same thing just didn't happen to me.

    I "canceled" out... started again, done in 10 minutes.

    I got to add more of my system specs into my account.

    Thanks.
     
  4. ChRoNo16

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    keep in mind external=slower, but a 250gb sometimes takes along time...
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Unless you have reason to suspect you need a full format, I always opt for the "quick" format. About 30 seconds. :D
     
  6. techkid

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    I agree with JohnWill. If you don't have a reason to run a full format (eg, if it's new, or at least recently acquired), don't bother. Otherwise, start up a DVD and enjoy that, instead of the format screen.
     
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