How long does it take to reset Windows with a 5 TB HDD? Solved

  1.    24 Oct 2017 #1

    How long does it take to reset Windows with a 5 TB HDD?

    Hello Everybody

    Yesterday I decided to reset my Windows 10 64-bit installation. Specifically I wanted to make a clean install of Windows using the system's own tools following this tutorial

    Reset Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials

    I selected the option of fully cleaning the drive (the longer option). My C drive is a Toshiba X300 with 5 TB and 7200 RPM SATA 3. At this moment the process has been taking 14 hours. How long should I expect it to take?

    Also I have other hard drives on my machine, but I instructed Windows not to touch them, just clean the 5 TB Toshiba.

    Thanks in advance
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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       24 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi Wiss. If the clean is doing a type of low level format then the answer is days. I did a low level format on a 4TB drive and as I recall it took two days. Depending on what a secure erase entails, many days. I think at one time a secure erase was three passes.

    Not sure why you picked this as your are keeping machine.

    There are other alternatives, like getting software from MS and clean installing.

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  3.    06 Nov 2017 #3

    Hello, sorry for replying so late.

    It's funny, but the formatting finished about 30 minutes after I started this thread, so the total time was nearly 15 hours. I made the full format because my hard drive was experiencing a few issues, and I thought they could be solved by doing the deeper format. Now everything works perfectly.

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