Low-level format

Computer hard driveAn initial formatting of a hard drive that initializes the physical tracks on the surface or the internal disks. The drive manufacturer performs a low-level format on the hard drive before it is released and is not something an end-user needs to do to their hard drive.

If a high-level format (e.g. running the MS-DOS format command) cannot be completed or you need information on performing a low-level format a debug routine can be used to perform this function. See our debug routine page for further information.

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Also see: Format, Hard drive terms, High-level format, MFM