Formatting a drive ...how long?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by 5300cs, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. macrumors 68000

    5300cs

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    I'm doing a deluxe reformat on my PM G4 drive before I sell it. How long does it take to reformat with the write random data and zero out features enabled? I'm going on like 5 hours here for a 60gig drive ... is that normal?? :confused: :confused:
     
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    Yes. With both of those options enabled, it could take a verrrry long time.

    I personally would have just gone with the zeroes. A new buyer is unlikely to have the curiosity & skills necessary to retrieve whatever fragments of data remain.

    Try forgetting about it and doing something else with your day while it gets on with it -- a watched pot never boils.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

    5300cs

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    seriously THAT long?? It's not even half-way done!!

    Guess I'll be leaving it on all night then :rolleyes:
     

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