Re: May I have the msdos command for a hd low level format ?

Re: May I have the msdos command for a hd low level format ?

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Posted by Henry on April 04, 2002 at 22:16:50:

In Reply to: May I have the msdos command for a hd low level format ? posted by CHICO CHICO always on line ! on April 03, 2002 at 17:33:12:

: who should haer my pray,
: this is a question for the safety of my job
: I can't remember the command for the low level format of my seagate of 30 gb.
: Everybody in this chat is talking about it, cause it looks to be a serious problem.

Suggest that you download and run Seagate's diagnostic utility - run the diagnostics; if the HDD is OK then run the surface scan function - use destructive write/read ONLY IF you want to erase all files. I think this diagnostic will run even if BIOS will no-t detect the drive.

Before you run diagnostics, Enter CMOS Setup and autodetect the IDE devices, SAVE settings and exit. If the BIOS does not recognize the HDD or does not recognize 30 GB capacity - that would be a serious problem (If so, post again).

IF BIOS recognizes the HDD - Boot up - try the HDD - use a DOS boot diskette if the HDD will not boot up.

Try to read files on the HDD (dir c:)

If you CAN NOT see files on c: then run the diagnostics and run write/read surface scan.

partition the HDD (a:>fdisk)

Format the main partition (a:>format c:/s)
Format the other partition (if any) (format d:)

Rebuild master boot record (a:>fdisk /mbr)

Some references: [Select Product Support, Desktop (ATA) Drives then Technical Procedures]

Doc 20004 = Partitioning and Formatting Hard Drives with either MS-DOS version 6.22 or Microsoft Windows 95A.

Doc 20006 = Partitioning and Formatting Hard Drives with either Microsoft Windows 95B or Microsoft Windows 98.;EN-US;q255867

Hope some of this helps.

Good Luck,

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