Re: Low level format

Re: Low level format

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Posted by colin on August 13, 2000 at 20:26:25:

In Reply to: Re: Low level format posted by Jon on August 05, 2000 at 18:58:52:

low level formatting arranges the structures of the platters in your drive to form them into sectors,cylinders and aligns the heads for the landing zones. this is only ever succesfully done under controlled conditions by the manufacturer.The utility you have used will have re-assigned clusters from its reserve, which all HDD have and cannot be seen by you,regretably this causes slow access due to flags set all over the place to direct the file system around the bad bits, once bad clusters start to develop they invariably spread and cause disk failure, you may be some weeks or hours away from yours so back up any needed data *now* and store it off your HDD.
The main problem with using a drive in this state is that some clusters are 'border line' and will have been marked as good and so not replaced by flagging to the reserve, if data is written to these clusters there is a better than even chance of it corrupting on the way in or out.
Personally I would buy a new HDD as soon as I could afford.
Sorry about that.

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