Posted 22 June 2006 - 09:41 AM
Well I don't think there is a definate answer for that, and i'm sure many people will have differing opinions. However, I don't think you can format a hard drive too many times - a guy I know reformats his computer on a very regular basis as a security precaution, and he hasn't had any trouble with it. I understand that perhaps putting the hard-drive through the struggle of a reformat might damage it over time, but i'm pretty sure that, unless you were reformating everyday, it wouldn't be a problem at all. I suppose the quality of your hard-drive would affect the result also - if it is from a reputable company, not off the back of a lorry for example.