Low level formatting - [was Re: slow (s-l-o-w) install (TRY)]

Tim ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Mon Feb 18 10:07:21 UTC 2008

>> Its BIOS has an option to low level format the IDE drive.  I tried it
>> out on a knackered hard drive, and it did format that drive (in as much
>> as data was erased, the drive was blanked). 

Alan Cox:
> Generally IDE interprets a reformat as a zeroing of the media. The disk
> itself controls the media so you can't really low level format it.

I have tried low level formatting more than one drive, in the dim and
distant past.  Yes, some pretend to do something, but really do nothing.
This one seemed to do what I expected it to.

(This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's
 important to the thread.)

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