View Full Version : Formatting A Hard Drive

04-30-2001, 11:08 PM
In initializing a hard drive is it best to do a low level formatting?

04-30-2001, 11:19 PM
Low level is a time-consuming thing. It is best left to the initial initialization (make any sense) when you first get a drive and are installing it. Or if you have deep-rooted problems on the drive and need to get everything entirely back to square one. I guess it is the "best" way....but often not necessary.

Someone else wanna get down-and-dirty here? OR is that all you needed to know?

04-30-2001, 11:33 PM
It is usually unnecessary with new drives. If you begin to get bad blocks, it can be used to map them out. Sometimes with a drive on its last leg, it will finish them off and put them out of misery.

There really is no such thing on ATA drives, just a pseudo low level format.

05-01-2001, 10:12 AM
It's a SCSI drive. Does that make any difference?

05-01-2001, 11:19 AM
New SCSI drive, no need to low level format. Old SCSI drive, good idea to low level format. As Louie says, it will either map out bad blocks or it will die, in which case you didn't want to use it anyway. Low level format is a good stress test of a drive. If you have never done it and the drive is old, be prepared to wait, and wait... Can take a long time depending on its size and speed. k