How to Full Format vs Quick Format?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mckyvlle, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    In Windows, one can format a new hard drive using Full Format -- which checks every sector of the drive and marks out any bad sectors; or a Quick Format, which just writes out the filesystem structures.

    What is the equivalent of Full Format in Leopard?

    Sorry for asking a n00b question!
     
  2. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Open Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app) and check out the security options under the Erase tab.

    The default setting is pretty much the equivalent of Quick Format.
     

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