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 07, 2002 at 19:15:25:

In Reply to: Re: need help formatting hard drive with win2k posted by rich on March 04, 2002 at 22:33:31:

: : : 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.
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: : 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,
: : Henry

: i sent you an email. thanks for any help.

Apparently DID NOT receive an e-mail from you, but I assume you are interested in the debug procedure to delete the partition table (requires partition and format afterward). There are several incarnations floating around. This one from microsoft is explained better than the others I've seen:;EN-US;q106419

Post or e-mail if you continue to have problems.


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