Re: need help formatting hard drive with win2k

Re: need help formatting hard drive with win2k

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Posted by Henry on March 03, 2002 at 20:25:52:

In Reply to: need help formatting hard drive with win2k posted by rich on March 03, 2002 at 14:30:30:

: i need instruction on how to format my hard drive that has win2k on it. the hard drive is ntfs and all the other partitions are also. i want to format the hard drive and then reinstall win2k back.

My preferences:
1. ERASE the drive completely with the HDD maker's disk erase utility (aka "low level format") or erase/low level format function in the maker's diagnostic package. If available, I prefer a destructive write/read/verify utility because it erases (destroys) the data, scans the surface for defects and replaces bad sectors with good ones; this is better than scandisk which marks entire clusters bad even if only one sector is bad. DO NOT use brand x utilities on brand y HDD or vice versa. The HDD maker's LLF" utility will not harm your HDD, but another maker's program might; don't become an Alpha site.

2. I prefer FAT(16 or 32), NOT ntfs for owner of one or 2 PCs. Reason: NTFS volumes are nearly impossible to repair for the owner of a single PC running a NTFS operating system (winNT, Win2k, winxp). If you use FAT16 win may try to use 64kb clusters - that woulddn't be repairable either.

3. If you want to do a simple partition and format (WITHOUT full HDD erase) AND you cannot get rid of your partitions - e-mail me; I have a debug sequence that will erase the mbr - then you can partition and format the HDD (you'll have to!).

Hope this helps,

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