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geekgod

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well we know that quick formatting a fat 32 partition means erasing the fat tables. but what does it mean to q format an ntfs partition? also what is the difference between full format and low level format(zero filling), if there is any.
 

[deXter]

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Quick format on an NTFS drive means re-initializing the MFT's (the equivalent of FATs)

A full format keeps the disks file system in consideration and formats the drive exactly according to the specifications of the file system. After a full format, the drive/partition is ready for use.

A low level format on the other hand doesnt take into consideration the file system and totally erases all traces of data (including the FAT/MFT, MBRs, etc). This makes the drive appear as if it were a freshly manufactured disk.
 

busyanuj

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for information on NT file system, read:
Code:
http://www.ntsecrets.com/info/file_systems.htm
for info about MFT check this out:
Code:
http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs-mft.htm

how did I come to know?
simple, use Google
 
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