Low-level format

Updated: 12/29/2017 by Computer Hope

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 can't 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 guide for further information.

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