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 Post subject: HDD Low level Format Tool
PostPosted: December 1st, 2018, 15:31 
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What does the

HDD Low level Format Tool

do other than writing zeros? Where does the formatting come in?


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 Post subject: Re: HDD Low level Format Tool
PostPosted: December 1st, 2018, 16:41 
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ashiekh wrote:
(...) What does the HDD Low level Format Tool do other than writing zeros?(...)


Nothing ?! It's a tool to write zeros to all sectors of the drive erasing (for good) the content of all sectors by re-writing the sectors with zeros making the old data stored on each sector un-recoverable and forcing the drive to swap by spares the sectors that can no longer be written with sucess (this is done by the drive not by the tool).

The tool simply writes to all sectors like you would do with MHDD ERASE or Victoria WRITE, etc ...

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 Post subject: Re: HDD Low level Format Tool
PostPosted: December 1st, 2018, 19:36 
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Perhaps this should not be called 'formatting'?


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 Post subject: Re: HDD Low level Format Tool
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ashiekh wrote:
Perhaps this should not be called 'formatting'?


What should you call "formatting" then ? What were you expecting from the tool ?

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 Post subject: Re: HDD Low level Format Tool
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http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/e ... Q/203931en

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Actually the term "low level" is a bit of a misnomer. The low-level process first used years ago in MFM hard drives bears little resemblance to what we now call a "low-level format" for today's SATA and ATA (IDE) drives.
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 Post subject: Re: HDD Low level Format Tool
PostPosted: December 1st, 2018, 19:53 
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Spildit wrote:
ashiekh wrote:
Perhaps this should not be called 'formatting'?


What should you call "formatting" then ?

I'm old school. To me a low level format is something that you do at the firmware level. For example, a floppy diskette can be low level formatted but an IDE HDD cannot, at least not with regular ATA commands. If the "HDD Low level Format Tool" incorporates Format Unit commands for certain HDD models, then I'd be inclined to call that a low level format feature of some kind, especially if it can merge the G-list into the P-list.

Unfortunately the tool seems to be poorly documented, so no-one can tell what it actually does.

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 Post subject: Re: HDD Low level Format Tool
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It must do more than just write zeros to justify the name 'low level format' and a price tag.


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