Low Level Format

From: Doc Shipley <doc_at_mdrconsult.com>
Date: Mon Aug 25 12:15:01 2003

Joe wrote:
> At 07:18 AM 8/25/03 -0600, you wrote:
>>I thought /U was "unconditional", meaning that you cannot later reverse
> the formatting and recover the previous data. Without /U, FORMAT would save
> a hidden copy of the FAT (or something like that), IIRC, making it easier
> to recover from the format. My MS-DOS 5.0 manual says that with the /U,
> FORMAT "Destroys all existing data on a disk", whatever that means.
> I think you are entirely correct. But AFIK the /U and /Q only apply to
> formatting floppy disks. However I could be wrong about that.

   I don't know about the /Q option, but I'm sure the /U was valid for
fixed disks. I used it to avoid the "Can't save undelete information"

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