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Formatting Hard Drive takes a lot of CPU Usage or no?

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Hi guys,


I plan to Format a 2TB 3.5" HD from an External Enclosure connected to my Laptop via USB 2.0 Port.

I think a Full Format will take around 20 hours with my setup, I could be wrong.


While the HD is formatting, is it safe for me to open and browse the internet or watch a youtube video? Will that be a risk that the Format of the HD will be less reliable?

Does Formatting a HD take a lot of PC resources, Memory Usage and CPU Usage?


Thanks for your time.

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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/302686

When you choose to run a regular format on a volume, files are removed from the volume that you are formatting and the hard disk is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time that it takes to format a volume.

If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.

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