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Re: Low Level Format
  • From: Derek Fountain <fountai@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 09:54:49 +0100
  • Message-id: <200204250854.JAA35640@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Low Level Format
> ________________
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> ~ please, what does this mean ?

It's the process of preparing the magnetic surface of a disk so it can be
used. When the disk leaves the factory the surface is full of random 1s and
0s. During a low level format the disk surface is divided into sectors, the
contents are all zeroed, error correction data is put in place and so on.

When that's done the disk can be logically partioned, then the operating
system can do a high level format (i.e. make a file system).

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