Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-03-2006, 09:54 PM   #1
G9
Daemon Poster
 
G9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,132
Default Is it okay...

...to force format a hard drive?
__________________

__________________
g9music.com
G9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
The Candyman
 
~mr mixx~'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 11,310
Default Re: Is it okay...

If you were trying to force format a hhd, then i would have to say that the hhd must have bad sectors on it, and if that were the case...then no i would say that it would not be a good idea. you can make it so that the format just uses the portion of the hhd that is good.

if the hhd is just going to be used for storage .. pics / music/ ..ect then it would be ok, but i would'nt put a OS on it and rely on it's ability to stay stable.
__________________

__________________
" Let the music move you "
~mr mixx~ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 10:00 PM   #3
G9
Daemon Poster
 
G9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,132
Default Re: Is it okay...

It's an external hdd, so it's strictly backup and storage.
__________________
g9music.com
G9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 10:32 PM   #4
Golden Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 13,091
Default Re: Is it okay...

I had bad sectors, but I forced to format over it too. The last drive I did t though, it destroyed itself. Well, if you force format, hence a low-formatting, is it to completely destroy the files or because your drive really contains bad sectors?
lhuser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 10:37 PM   #5
G9
Daemon Poster
 
G9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,132
Default Re: Is it okay...

Read above... it is a completely new external harddrive. And it's too late... I already started formatting it. But please, give me your tips.
__________________
g9music.com
G9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 10:51 PM   #6
Fully Optimized
 
Computer Head's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,841
Default Re: Is it okay...

Not sure, but after you do the low-level format, you might have to repartition and reformat the drive with the new FAT table. Don't mark my words though, couldn't find a description to support that argument.
__________________
A+, Network+
Official "Birthday Man" of CF.

http://www.yourpcforums.org
Computer Head is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2006, 11:10 PM   #7
G9
Daemon Poster
 
G9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,132
Default Re: Is it okay...

Yeah, I'm not exactly sure what that means...
__________________
g9music.com
G9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2006, 09:22 AM   #8
In Runtime
 
linnerd40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 218
Default Re: Is it okay...

It should be fine, don't worry about it!
__________________
Check out my blog: www.justanothertechblog.blogspot.com

Please give me Rep if I have helped you in any way! : )
linnerd40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2006, 11:17 AM   #9
Fully Optimized
 
Computer Head's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,841
Default Re: Is it okay...

Quote:
Originally Posted by G9
Yeah, I'm not exactly sure what that means...
What that means, and again I am not sure if it still does this, but when you do a low-level format, it rewrites your hard drive with zeros to completely erase all data on it. But sometimes you will need to repartition and reformat your drive, after performing the low-level format. To do this, boot into DOS with a Windows 98 SE OEM boot disk (see http://www.bootdisk.com for a download to create your own 98 SE boot disk). Once you have booted into DOS, type FDISK and press enter. From there, go about the order of deleting any existing partitions (shouldn't be any with a low-level format). Make sure to delete in this order: logical, extended, primary. After you have an empty FAT table (press 4 at the main menu to see the FAT table), go to option 1 twice consecutively to create a primary DOS partition. Then after the counter reaches 100%, say Yes to use entire drive for one partition. Once this is done, you can format and convert to NTFS if desired. This should take care of all your worries.
__________________
A+, Network+
Official "Birthday Man" of CF.

http://www.yourpcforums.org
Computer Head is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2006, 11:30 AM   #10
G9
Daemon Poster
 
G9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 1,132
Default Re: Is it okay...

Thanks for the explanation... I'm assuming it's mandatory?
__________________

__________________
g9music.com
G9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0