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Low Level Format

By jonaz74 · 4 replies
Nov 13, 2005
  1. Guys,

    i have a hard drive that needs to be format in "low level format"

    i have downloaded a "seatools_enterprise_install.exe" but before going further, i know how to format and partition a hard drive but i dont have any experience yet in low level formatting.

    can you give me any ideas and the procedure how to do it?
    what are the do's and dont in formatting?

    thanks in advance, more power to the group.

  2. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    If Seatools is like the other tools I have used. It would make a bootable floppy for you, with the program files and a batch file that will most probably start the program or give you a menu at the least. (Newer tools provide an ISO image to burn a bootable CD with the tools on it).

    All you need to do then is to start the computer with the floppy disk in the drive making sure your computer is set to boot from the floppy first in the BIOS and follow the prompts.

    Don’t interrupt the process, once it starts low level formatting, go get a drink, watch a movie, go for a walk or to the Mall, depending on your drive size this could take some time.

    I don’t know this Seatool, if you have a Seagate drive and got this tool from Seagate, there is probably a test program on it, I would run some tests first.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    How do you know the drive needs a "low level format"? AFAIK you can't LLF modern IDE drives - the closest you can get is "drive erase" or similar function in manufacturer specific utilities.
  4. jonaz74

    jonaz74 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    guys thank you very much for the reply.....

    the reason why i need to low level format my hard drive because i cant format anymore using the normal format procedure and the second thing i cant even install an OS to the drive, so i ask some of my tech friends and they just told me to low level format my hard drive.

    i cant ask them to have a service on my hard drive because of two reasons, 1. they want some money 2. i want to experience it also

  5. s3xynanigoat

    s3xynanigoat TS Rookie Posts: 94

    Assuming you have windows installed at the moment, use the cypher CLI command. If you have no experience with this then search microsoft.com for "cypher" + "how to".
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