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Low level format or normal format?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by owm, Apr 21, 2005.

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  1. owm

    owm Thread Starter

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    I am going to do a fresh install. Should I do a LLF or a normal format of the C
    drive?

    I have had some problem with my WD 120 gig Primary Drive along with the WD 100 gig secondary drive. If I take out the secondary drive Xp will not boot with just the Primary drive. For some reason it wants that seconary drive in there. Thought maybe boot sector. Jumpers were checked and still will not boot.
     
  2. Old Rich

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    You somehow got the mbr on the 100G drive . . If you disconnect the 100G drive, delete the partitions on the 120, format and install you will have a clean installation. You can then attach the 100G to access any data on it.
     
  3. kiwiguy

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    Only a service agent or manufacturer can do a LLF of modern IDE drives.
     
  4. owm

    owm Thread Starter

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    I probably should have said write zeros to drive. WD tools has that option to write zeros.
     
  5. Arcadion

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    If you have a messed-up boot sector/MBR then a zero-write may be a good idea, since a regular format may not get rid of it.
     
  6. winbob

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    IF the MBR is messed up, it can be re-written with the FDISK program using the /MBR parameter.

    BUT I don't think that this is the problem, based on the symptoms.
     
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