Low Level Format

From: Feldman, Robert <Robert_Feldman_at_jdedwards.com>
Date: Thu Aug 21 08:30:00 2003

If the drive in question is MFM, then Low Level Formatting is appropriate. For some drives, the LLF routine was available on disk, accessable by way of DEBUG.EXE. However, since the drive is only 8 years old, my guess is that it is IDE, and, as such, LLF was generally not a user option. For IDE drives in MS-DOS, you would first run FDISK to create/change the partitions, then run FORMAT to build the new FATs. MS-DOS 6.22 is probably the best version to use, if you have it. You could also get DR-DOS. Avoid MS-DOS 4.0.

As has been mentioned, Gene, if you are concerned about making data recovery hard, first run something like Norton's WIPEDISK, then FDISK and FORMAT the drive.


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<snip> I was lucky and they were MFM drives I could low level

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