[QUOTE=SeÃ¡n;2505289]As far as I’m aware of, the main difference between a full and quick format is that a quick format creates a new file system on the partition, where as a full format also carries out a full surface scan for bad sectors. The full format does take quite a long time, although I would have expected a 320GB drive to format in under 4 hours, even from USB. Just in case there are bad sectors on the drive, run chkdsk on the drive after the format completes to see if it reports any.
External hard disks, especially those with out a fan, tend to run quite hot when in continuous use, but this should not be an issue for the duration of the full format. In regular use, it will typically spin down after a certain period of inactivity.[/QUOTE]
well i clicked on cancel and vista pops up a message saying that it can’t cancel it now because its formatting, i can either click “retry” where vista will try canceling it again, or click “cancel” which vista saids will ‘stop it anyways’, so i clicked on cancel (i actually thought clicking on cancel will resume the formatting process, bravo microsoft) and now its stopped, so do you think there were any damages done to the drive?
thanks a lot!