How to Full Format vs Quick Format?

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

  1. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK
    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

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    Open Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk 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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