I formate like twice a month could this cause damage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Trance, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Trance macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
    i got issues i can't explain, whenever i see my mbp is cluttered i lose control and reformat asap, enough about me. Could formatting my hdd cause long lasting damage or future failure?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There is no way you should be reformatting that often. Why not try to troubleshoot and diagnose your problems?
  3. nicklad macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    It could cause lasting damage or future failure, yes. But to you, not the drive. Think of what other productive things you could be doing with that time. It's a huge waste of it! :p
  4. fanchee macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009

    And agreed.
  5. Lee Adama macrumors regular

    Lee Adama

    Jul 28, 2011
    isn't that like using a bull dozer to mow the lawn?
  6. Trance thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011
  7. jacobson00 macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2011
    i know how you feel. I sometimes don't want to look for the issues, i just format from scratch.
    i am not sure it will ruin the HHD, not likely.
  8. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    The answer to your question is No it can not cause any damage.
    All the rest is just comments about it being a fairly ridiculous and time consuming practice.
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    not sure about OS X but on Windows it only wipes out the database that points to the actual files. the data is only overwritten when you put new data on the hard drive. in effect most of your files are still there just no pointers to them.

    only way to really wipe a hard drive is to use a special formatting program that flips each bit. for US government standards you have to run it 3-5 times because you can still figure out the data after running it only once or twice

    even then i remember the people i knew who handled top secret info would take the PC apart, take out the hard drive, open it and wipe the platters with brillo or something similar
  10. DaffyDuck macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    Don't worry about it man. I repaint my entire house every time I see bird droppings on it. Also, I Roundup and reseed my lawn whenever the grass gets too long.
  11. Eradik macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I formatted once a month or so back in my Windows days. But now, once a year maybe. Even that is overkill, but I just like a squeaky clean computer every now and then ;)

    But no, no damage. Do it if you want.
  12. Antidoll macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008

    Lmfao I love your comment made me laugh so hard
  13. Trance thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2011

    thanks for the comments guys:)
  14. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011

    I own multiple Macs and I do Mac tech support for private clients.

    I cannot recall having to reformat a Mac drive since I switched to OS 10.3 years ago... And I have yet to come across a problem that requires reformatting a drive on a client's Mac.

    Quit messing around with the drive; if reformatting a hard drive is normal when using Windows it certainly does not apply to Macs.

    If you are having a problem with your Mac you need to trouble-shoot it. 99% of the solutions to Mac problems can be found using Google.

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