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(LLF) low level format

I want to do a low level format, I need a tuto and the tool from the manufacturer of the PC/HDD.

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Re: (LLF) low level format

It's difficult to assess your reasoning. Why do you want/need to LLF any drive?


Is this the internal OS drive, or an external your trying to prep.

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Re: (LLF) low level format



When a hard drive is manufactured, a bad sector table is established so that data allocation skips over the bad spots.  Many hard drives have bad spots on the surface.   Using a low level format program will wipe out the factory bad sector table.  That is not a good idea.

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