Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. September 23, 2003
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Format Now
There are at least two ways to format a disk: standard format and Quick Format. What's the difference? If you're sure the disk is okay, then you can save time using Quick Format. But if you're not sure, you'd better go for the full format. The Quick Format process doesn't check the disk as thoroughly, so a bad disk can get through.

To format a disk, open My Computer and right-click the disk's icon. Choose Format from the menu and then tell Windows you want to use Quick Format (standard format is the default). When you're ready, click Start.