Low Level Format

From: Doc <doc_at_mdrconsult.com>
Date: Fri Aug 22 18:28:01 2003

Marvin Johnston wrote:
> MFM/RLL/ESDI/etc type drives are easy to low level format, but the later
> IDE drives were a problem unless you had the particular software to
> format that drive. I would love to hear more from anyone that has done
> low level format on the early IDE drives.

   I've done LLFs on 80-200MB IDE drives. IIRC, a couple of Western
Digital and some Seagate Medalists. I used tools from the
manufacturers' FTP sites, and was able to recover the use of the drives.
  It took several hours on each drive, and none of them ever performed
very well afterward. They were reliable, but very very slow.

   That may have been because I knew nothing about the process that
wasn't in the README files. :)

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