Re: "Low Level Format" The facts

Re: "Low Level Format" The facts

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Posted by colin on December 04, 2001 at 17:35:31:

In Reply to: "Low Level Format" - Current Experience Part 2 posted by Henry on December 04, 2001 at 10:53:25:

The only thing of interest really is that like a lot of people you dont appear to be clear on the purpose of a LLF, it is not and never has been the purpose of it to write zero's to every addressable part of the drive, that is purely a way of checking the media and flagging bad clusters only more accurately than scandisk, typically these utilities are refered to as 'erasing' software.
Low level Formatting is a process by which the heads are alinged and the CHS collated and organised in such a way that they are addressable.
If you use a LLF at home you will almost 100% severely limit the capacity of the drive, since you have no idea as to the size of non-user sectors, or at worst and very often render it completely unusable.
I also erase any second hand drives I use as it is common good pratctise and the only way of ensuring the media is reliable.

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