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Reformatting cuts HDD Lifetime?

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Root5098

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A while back, when I knew absolutely nothing about PCs, I was told that if I reformat often (like every 4 to 8 months) then my HDD's lifetime would cut or I would get general errors or sector errors.

Is this true?

Thanks :)
 

Finny

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That is false.

Formatting does nothing bad to my knowledge. There shouldn't be any reason to format every 4 months either...
 
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Root5098

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Alright, thanks for the reply :)

It's more in the middle anyway, around every 6 months I reformat, I just like it fresh and also seems to speed up considerably in my eyes.
 

Xtreme Barton

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Jan 17, 2004
nahh .. from how i understand it ... its just like writing to the drive one more time .. so i dont think it is a factor in worrying if its ok or not .. maybe on the slightest but i wouldnt sweat it
 

vgta88

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you should be more concerned with heat edit: (of the harddrives) instead of a full rewrite every 6 months
 
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