I want to know the type of format that could be done while installing Linux. Is it a quick format or a full format? I ask this question to know whether formatting while installing Linux does hurt the hard drive or not. If it varies from distribution to others, I need to know about Ubuntu, Fedora.

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  • Neither would "hurt" the hard drive, but it is easy to work out which is done by the amount of time it takes. How long does it take for you and how large is the drive? – Mokubai Jun 30 at 7:17

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