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Question: Aborted a low level format process

Hi I made a stupid mistake and started low level formatting an external (USB) hard drive using windows 7 starter thinking it was a small partition on the laptop drive (I couldn't see the contents of the drive on windows 7!!). A few minutes into this process I realised I was formatting my external hard drive and pulled the USB plug. I plugged the external drive back into my old computer which uses vista and obviously I can't read this drive properly now (presumably because the partition is screwed up). I have heard that the low level format process should take a while (and I was trying to format a terabyte hard drive) so is there any way I can rebuild and recover some of the data on this drive?

I actually downloaded HDD Recovery and tried the recovery option but after scanning a 32GB (not 931GB) FAT32 partition, it tried to build a tree structure and came up with what seemed to be a bunch of gobbledygook. I actually found some documents and videos that I recognised but have not pressed recover as I can clearly see that it is a very small fraction of what I once had on the drive (I can only see very few word documents and media files, I was using about 680GB of the drive) and do not want to ruin any chances of recovering much more.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Aborted a low level format process

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Hard disk format- low level/high level - fact or pre-eaten bovine matter?Some time ago when in difficulty with my hard drive, a man in a repair shopsaid "Ah yes sir this is very serious, it has a Trojan virus it needs a " Low level format" with the implication that mere reformatting or even Fdisk and would not be a remedy to the problem [as indeed it had not been] and extracted a large slice of that weeks pension for the privilege.I have been told since that said individual was having me on - there aint no such thingas a "Low level format" Fdisk is as low as it gets.Which is correct?And if the latter why did repeated formatting not cure the corruptoperating system installation?

Answer:Hard disk format - low level/high level or Bovine

I think you were being fertilised! If you still have the problem try FDSIK /mbr as quite often viruses etc can lurk in the master boot record which is not cleared by a standard FDISK. Then again, there may be others who know better? ;>}}

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I've transferred files from my camera to my computer before but now I get a message I/O error occurred process aborted

Answer:I/O error occurred process aborted

I/O error occurred process aborted

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I have a fuji s700 camera and it worked fine on XP, but when i try to download my pics onto my new computer with Windows7 I get the message"I/O error. process aborted" I've tried to download an update from finepix but it keeps telling me that I have to install the original finepix program, which I have tried. I'm getting frustrated.

Answer:'I/O error Process aborted"

If the pics are on a media card inside the camera, buy a Card Reader which has a slot for that type of card. Plug it into a usb port - the driver for the card reader will be supplied by Windows.

Now take the card out of your camera and push it carefully into the appropriate slot. A window should open containing a folder. Inside this folder are your pictures. Just use copy & paste to copy them to a folder on your computer's hard drive.

That's much easier than the hassle of using camera software and having to connect the camera to the PC.

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Hi, I do hope one of you geniuses can help! It's 5:45 in the morning and I've had [b]enough.[/b]I want to uninstall Me from my laptop and install Win98. (I have the Master CD and Boot Disc from my pc.)So, I've tried reformatting my hard drive. None of the boot discs I have made from Add/Remove or Norton will boot into DOS on startup or restart.If I go to Run and type FORMAT C:and then Y and press enter when the prompt window comes up, I get a message saying Drive C is currently in use by another process. (The same if I go direct to MSDOSPrompt.)So, I've closed every obvious program running (except Explorer), disabled Task Scheduler, uninstalled every application I really don't need for work (including antivirus and firewall), deleted a corrupt CRYPT32.DLL (which I think may be the hub of the problem) and reinstalled it from a download. I've then defragged (fine) and scanned (restarts).I'm so tired I'm almost tempted to reformat from safe mode.It's probably staring me in the face, but, what is running on C, what do I do (v. simple instructions, please) and why am I so stupid?T so much IA.Gaby.

Answer:Dtive C in use - format aborted

Hi,I meant DRIVE C, obviously - Told you I was tired!!

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I have read on here that in the case of reformatting to get rid of viruses that one should do a low level format and I do not understand what that is. I have read the article from Microsoft that some have linked to that is suppose to explain the difference, but it does not explain it to me.

Is formatting using the XP disk considered low level?

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?

I am assuming they have to be put on a cd as I cannot see how they could run off the hard drive, is that correct?

Answer:Low Level vs High Level Format

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?As an ISO. The instructions for Killdisk are very easy to followUsing Killdisk will remove partitions and overwrite the entire drive with zerosThat is a low level reformat

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I have a few questions and one of them is, what is the difference between an unconditional format and a diskpart's Clean All in the command prompt. When I read their definitions online I don't know what they differ in.

If anyone could be as so kind to enlighten me on the topic, I'd thank you alot!

Answer:Low Level Format vs Clean All/Unconditional Format

I'm not sure if Clean All checks for and isolates bad sectors. An unconditional format is supposed to fully test the surface before building tables.

I'd be interested in definitive info myself.

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I'm running HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.25 on my ultrabook Medion AKOYA 54216. Error message: "format error occured at offset <sector>: 23" occures more than 20 times while low level formatting my TrekStor EXpress USB-HDD 500 GB.Does anybody knows the meaning of '23'?Should I trash the HDD away?

Answer:format error '23' while HDD Low Level Format 4.25 an USB-HDD

Error 23 = Cyclic Redundancy Check ErrorThe drive has failed and is therefore no longer usable. No software can repair a failed drive.

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

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.

Answer:Low level format or normal format?

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When I start the game "DiRT", press enter, the message like that, saying, that load profile is aborted, appears. Why? What I did wrong? Is this a bug in the game? I dont want to create a new profile. I wanna go on, but I can't because of this stupid issue.

Im running windows XP SP2. 2.33 GHz / 1,98 GB of RAM / NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS

I have a patch 1.2 installed to my DiRT.

Hope somebody will answer.


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Am running W2K Pro and I want to make an ERD. The kind of PC I have, an IBM ATX Flex, is floppy-less, and when I go to "Backup" function and select the ERD function, I automatically get stopped because the program doesnt detect the floppy. Can someone tell me how I can either defeat this response or work around it? I have a burner on this PC, so I can make a ERD CD, but I need to get the program to stop blocking me due to the lack of a FDD- anyone with a suggestion, I would appreciate the assist- I've tried just about everything-


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Question: low level format

I have a drive I need to send back to the Mfg. for warrant replacement. It was my "C" drive so I need to render the data on the drive unrecoverable. Will low level format of the drive do this or do I need one of the programs that 100% overwrites the HDD?


Answer:low level format

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I am thinking of a reformat and have normally used format command. but on a utility disc that came with my hard drive there is a tool for a "low level format"!Is this the same thing or is there a difference or is it something I should beware of?any help advice please

Answer:what is low level format?

A true "low-level" format is something you can't do, and is somewhat of a misnomer.HDDs these days are low-level formatted at the factory, and their layout is quite sophisticated, and can't be changed (unlike the "old-days")What amsquerades as a low-level format these days is often (and more correctly) termed a "zero fill". What a zero-fill does is to rewrite all the user sectors (there are sectors inaccessible to users, which contain manufactuers data) of the drive back to zeroes (ie blanks them out), and restore the drive to how it was when it left the factory. It removes eveything, including partitions.There is nothing to beware of, but you must not use this utility on any drive other than the one it was designed for - usually restricted to the particular manufacturers drives.

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I just got a U3 Cruzer 2 gig flash drive. I plugged it in an the system immediatly came up asking me to format. Rather than format the launcher that was already on it, I went to Computer (Vista) and tried to open the drive. I recived a message "Insert a disk into (D". I've tried using DOS, tried formating, tried CHKDSK, and nothing works. Windows fomatting opens up a message thaat says "Cannot access disk" and the Properties page has lost the size of the drive. I also tried using Computer Management Console to try to see the volume, it sees it as connected but won't see the partition or formatting of the drive. From this I gather that perhaps the drive was exposed to a magnetic field on it's way to the store, the formatting must be destroyed so I assume I need to low level format the drive, only issue is that DOS won't see the drive to run the FDISK command. Another odd thing is that when I plug in the drive, all the windows refocus as if I would click the task bar to unselect the window and then reselect it. This makes it to the point that I can't type or select anything in a drop down menu or the start menu.

Answer:usb low level format

sorry double post

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Question: Low Level Format

I am experiencing a problem with a hard drive although The BIOS and some emergency software recognises the hard drive when I try to format it I get the error message that the correct paramaters could not be found. I think it may need a low level format, can anyone recomend a program that will boot from floppy so that I can carry out this operation.Cheers

Answer:Low Level Format

Low level format's are normally only carried out with the hard drives manufacturers involvement and blessing.Would you not consider downloading your HD manufacturers diagnostic software, and see what it comes up with?If it then tells you there is a fault that requires this operation, your HD's technical department can help you through the process correctly. Who knows, it may even lead to a replacement drive!

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Question: Low level format

Hi, all. I'm new here but not new to fora. I searched for the answer to my question but i didnt find it here so here goes.I have a sata drive that i believe has errors. Its an hitachi 320 gig. Can you give me the name of a low level format prog that works the fastest. I know they all take a certain amount of time, so i am just asking for your opinions of which is the fastest free prog out there.thanks

Answer:Low level format

What kind of errors are you talking about here?If your operating system is reporting bad sectors no amount of low level formatting will fix them. Bad sectors is a physical problem with the disk.But use the Drive Fitness Test tool from Hitachi. This can tell you if the drive is defective and can zero (low level format) the drive as well.

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Question: Low Level Format


i have a hard drive that needs to be format in "low level format"

i have downloaded a "seatools_enterprise_install.exe" but before going further, i know how to format and partition a hard drive but i dont have any experience yet in low level formatting.

can you give me any ideas and the procedure how to do it?
what are the do's and dont in formatting?

thanks in advance, more power to the group.


Answer:Low Level Format

Important drive information (servo, sector layout, and defect management, etc.) is stored in the low-level format at the factory. This information is designed to last the life of the drive and therefore it is not possible to low level the drive outside the factory. Although some drive manufactures and BIOS provided so-called "low level format utilities", they actually perform a write-read verify of the drive?s user data sectors, and do not actually perform a low-level format. In the event of a corrupted master boot record or boot block virus, use FDISK /MBR command to restore the master boot record. If you need to low level format your hard drive then check the drive manufacturer and download such an utility from its website. Every drive manufacturer provides just such a utility.Click to expand...

If Seatools is like the other tools I have used. It would make a bootable floppy for you, with the program files and a batch file that will most probably start the program or give you a menu at the least. (Newer tools provide an ISO image to burn a bootable CD with the tools on it).

All you need to do then is to start the computer with the floppy disk in the drive making sure your computer is set to boot from the floppy first in the BIOS and follow the prompts.

Don?t interrupt the process, once it starts low level formatting, go get a drink, watch a movie, go for a walk or to the Mall, depending on your drive size this could take some time.

I don?t know th... Read more

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Question: Low Level Format

I've search this Forum for the directions on how to perform a low level format which is supposed to take everything off a HDD. I just paid $75.00 to have one done to two HDDs. I have not been able to locate that information on this Forum and my time (at the library) running out. Could someone please tell me how to do such formatting.

(My search only netted me the words "low level format" but not how to do one. This is just another little piece of info I need; I go into the Registry quite often, but I still don't know how to do a "low level format".)

Answer:Low Level Format


Why do you even need to do this? A regular Windows format will usually suffice. Commiserations on losing the $75. You can probably do the same thing yourself with Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN)

As far as I know, a low level format, by definition, is not possible with modern day hard drives, its normally something which can only be done by the manufacturers in the factory. Dban will "write zero's" to your hard drive and, unless you have top secret government files on it, Dban will wipe it as good as anything else I know (though there are others).

Hope this helps.

Edit; Stay out of the registry, unless you really know what you're doing.

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Question: Low level Format

Does anybody know how to low-level format a hdd ?

Answer:Low level Format

To perform a low level format you should use the drive manufacturers software.


Western Digital
These are diagnostic progams that must be loaded on a floppy disk. You must set your bios to boot A:\ first then run the program.

Here is a good guide for installing XP after you format;
Black Viper's

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Question: Low level format


How would i go about doing a low-level format of my hard-drive?? All i need to do is get rid of all of my partitions on my hd so i can install a fresh new OS. I check the bios and there was no format option available

and how do i make my comp boot up and check the cd-rom?? i check in the bios but i can't find the option to set the cd-rom as the primary boot device??


Answer:Low level format

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Question: Low Level Format?


I want to do a clean installation of win 98 on a Toshiba Satelite Pro notebook. I have booted from a win98 boot floppy and tried to format C:/s but it terminates around 3%. I believe I need to do a low level format of the disk, but where can I get a DOS utility to do it? BTW, the bios of the Tosh does not seem to allow me to low level the drive.
I had a look on the Tosh website but they don't seem to have any utilities for this purpose. Any ideas?



Answer:Low Level Format?

Try to find the Manufacturer of the drive most have there own Utilities

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Question: low level format

will a low level format completely wipe a hard drive where nothing is recoverable or should a hard drive just be destroyed?

Answer:low level format

If you've got sensitive data which you never want to be recovered there is a utility on Norton System Works which destroys to government standards. Someone can still recover data from a format high or low.

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Can anyone help me lowlevel format a drive please?

I know I can use the 'format x: /FS:file-system /P:2' to do a low level format with 2 passes on drive X but how can I do this via the command line with a drive with no partitons? ie if the partition has been deleted so there is no drive letters etc, but I still want the drive low leveling for security reasons.

Can I do it based on the disk id?


Answer:low level format help please

I would use the secure erase function on the drive. Secure erase is built into all modern hard drives. It's a very fast process using an internal wipe function and the data is unrecoverable.

Here are two tools that can do this:
Secure Erase - Powerful, easy to use, and inexpensive.
HDDerase.exe review: Freeware utility securely erases drives the old-fashioned way | PCWorld

I would suggest making sure that no other drives are connected to the system to avoid any data loss.

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hi, i using Western Digital WD400JB Harddisk , i partition it into 3 Drives.
Now i want to low Level Format my System File , but i got them in 2 Diff Drives -Win2000 in c: and WinXP in D drive , How should i do it ?

I want to keep the data in E

Answer:low Level Format HD

Sorry, don't follow you.
Why on earth do you want to low level format the drive?
Are you sure you don't mean high level format instead?

If so, assuming the file system on the C & D partitions is FAT32 & not NTFS, just follow these instructions :
1. Boot from a boot disk containing
2. at the a:> prompt, type: format c:/s/q
3. when finished, type: format d:/q

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Question: Low Level Format

Hi all

Please how do i do a low level format for a Hitachi laptop HardDisk in IBM Laptop?

I found some Bad sectors in this drive, it was working great last time i used the laptop !

Please can anyone help me with this?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Low Level Format

look should be able to find something:
but first...look for a diagnostic utility..this worked when my HDD had bad sectors

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What does low level format mean, and what's the difference between regular format?


Answer:What's low level format?

A low-level format creates the sectors and tracks and dictates where where data is stored on the HDD.

A high-level format creates the file system structure (i.e. master boot record and file allocation tables). This is the one everyone is talking about when they want to format.

Hope this helps.

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I was wondering what does low level format do and what is it for?

Answer:Why Low Level Format?

Well, it resets bad sectors on IBM DeathStars.

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just a little prob here,anybody can teach me how to create low level format disk also known as G.Disk,where can i get that thing..?? it's very easy to format the new harddisk or old harddisk..plz..!!

Answer:How To Get Low Level Format Or G.Disk

I don't know what gdisk is but if you want to do a low-level format (aka, wipe or zero fill) try DBAN, Darik's Boot and Nuke. It's free and fairly easy to use.

I download and build the boot-floppy version. Simply insert the DBAN floppy, start the machine and follow the instructions. I choose the DoD method (read, Dept of Defense) and select "auto-nuke". Takes about 6hrs for an 80GB.

After that, your drive is returned to near-new condition. A great tool for selling or donating computers.

Caution: Disconnect any drive in the machine that you don't want wiped (if you have multiple drives). DBAN will wipe all drives simultaneously if you wish.

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If I am not mistaking, most formats are low-level formats correct?
How would I go about doing a high level format?

Answer:How do you do a High Level Format

You are mistaken. A real low level format is only done at the factory. Unfortunately, the term LLF is thrown around a lot, but the closest you can do is to fill the entire drive with zero value bytes and do error checking of the drive, which isn't really recommended. There are utilities available to do that, if you feel the need - and there isn't a need, unless you plan on giving the drive to someone and you are worried they may try to recover whatever data you stored on it.

A high level format is the format you do whenever you format a drive on your PC.

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I have a Seagate Baracuda 120GB SATA hard drive. Got it from a buddy at work who had an extra drive he said he started a low level format (why I don't know) so I tried to complet the format. ITs no at 54% on the low leve format. i started this at 5pm it is now 9:20pm EST is this normal or should I trash the drive. HELP :knock:

Answer:Low Level Format SATA


it should'nt take that long.My son has the same size hard drive and he was done in a very short time

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Virus crashed my daughters hard drive. IBM-DJSA-220 Looking for the debug commands to low level format the drive. Any help?

Answer:Solved: Low Level Format

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is it possible to low level format one partition?

Answer:low level format partition

Look through the options with this utility-

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hello m new to this forum and this is my first post so sorry for any mistakes. so m here becoz my desktop is seriously infected by a virus which is not removing even after a clean format and reinstall.this virus doesnt let me install any antivirus i have tried avg,avast and bitdefender so far.also sometime ago i managed to run avast and avast also deleted all the viruses and also the scan completed with no virus found but after some days the windows started hanging up and started giving me bsods and same things started happening. also i ran malwarebytes which identified that virus as trojen.malpack.gen a exe file which changes its name everytime and also autorun.inf file (i tried deleting them manually but failed). malwarebytes didnt succesfully removed it. this virus doesnt let me boot in safe mode and gives runtime errors on many applications like 3ds max,logitech gaming software,ccleaner etc. and also it infects every usb drive i connect to it. my antivirus on laptop (norton internet security) detects it and deletes it so my laptop is not infected by it thankfully.also this virus makes many badsectors in my hard disk and thus makes my windows files and other important files faulty and corrupt and after some days or so the windows also stops booting(giving me lots of bsod's of corrupt windows files). so guys plz help me i wasted almost a month fixing it but failed everytime removing the virus
so far i have tried these things
1.) reinstalling windows xp pro
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Answer:HELP!!!!!! virus even after low level format! :(

I have never seen a virus cause bad sectors on a hard drive... There were virus's way back in the day (before hardware restrictions and modern firmware were in place) that caused hard drives to slam the head back and forth eventually destroying the drive.
I have seen one bios virus in all my time doing computer repair (the bios firmware was upgradeable in windows), I would recommend flashing the bios if this is the case and then repartition and format/reinstall the OS.
When you are reloading windows xp, are you using the disc that came with the computer? Is it a genuine windows xp disc?

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Got an old Samsung SV2001H hdd that I want to put through a low level format, but I can't find any such utility on the Samsung site.Hoping someone can point me in the right direction.Grateful for any help.

Answer:Low Level Format Samsung hdd

This may do the trick? click here

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Hi, I have a similar problem, but windows won't do anything with the drive :cry

I had the SD card in my nokia phone, and I tried to set a password on it, but it locked the phone up totally. I waited for about half an hour, but in the end I had to just pull the battery out. It wasn't even responding to the power button. :confused

So I turn the phone back on and it doesn't even recognise that there's an SD card in there. When I plug it into my linux desktop PC and turn it on, it hangs just before the BIOS memory check. As soon as I un-plug it, it checks the memory and carries on as normal. Linux will not read the device at all.

When I plug it into my windows laptop, go to manage, disk management, it says unreadable. When I try to format it in windows, it say there is no media in the drive. On the drive properties, it says the file format is RAW and the size is 0 bytes.

Panasonic's SD formatter says that the drive is not usable or something..

I'm totally at a loss now as to what to do. This is a 2GB SD card which I really want to be able to use again. I'm over the loss of more than a year's worth of photos on there, but I don't want to lose the use of my memory card too!

Can anyone suggest what to do next?!


Answer:SD Card Low Level Format


In Windows can you run a chkdsk /f on the drive?

What was Panasonics SD formatters full message for not formatting the drive as this is what many use to format corrupted cards? ( also check if the card has a lock tab that its not on lock )

could also try this one

Weird option of the day is, do you have a digital camera that uses SD cards if so pop it in their and try and format, why well they dont really fully adhere to file formats like PCs so may not care what file format or corruption is on the card and format it, then you should be able to check in PC if its readable.

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Anyone know of a good utility to do a low level format of a sd card? Has anyone been successful at recovering a sd card that appears to be unreadable?

Answer:SD Card Low Level Format

Try the Windows checkdisk on the SD card.. that will fix filesystem errors in some cases said:

Anyone know of a good utility to do a low level format of a sd card? Has anyone been successful at recovering a sd card that appears to be unreadable?Click to expand...


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Ok, I talked with a PC tech friend of mine about my laptop that's been crashing. He says that I have a bad sector in my computer's hard drive and if I do a low-level format, that may take care of it. Otherwise I'll need to get a new drive.

He sent me links to several different low-level format utilities for different hard drive manufacturers and said to try that. Unfortunately my hard drive is a Toshiba and he didn't give me a link for a Toshiba, and now he is out of town so I can't ask him.

I googled "Toshiba low-level format utility" and found a bunch of links, but I don't know which one is best to use. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Answer:Low level format utility?

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hi, i wanted to know if anyone could help me with low-level fomatting my 200gb wd SATA hdd? I've heard that there are risks involved, but i'm not quite sure. I want to low level format so i can have my hdd running smoothly like it used to when i first got it.

Standard formatting and quick formatting do help, but i know that the data is still there, because i can use a program like FinalData to restore them. Low level format should remove everything!

Answer:Low level format on WD SATA

there is probly a option in the bios

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i have a 20GB western digital HDD and i want to low level format it....
can some1 point me in the direction of a utility that will low level format my drive


Answer:low level format utility

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Hello guys,
I'm having problems with my hard drive. There was power failure during formating. After power was restored I tried to install win XP again and now, this time it takes very very long time to to complete it (more than two hours) and I cannot install XP because some strange errors like files cannot be copied and similar. I suspect that I have problem with hard drive and wonder if there are any way I can restore my hard disk in good working condition...

Thank you.

Answer:Low level format or something similar

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I did a low level format on an HP Pavilion 4540, but now when I put the recovery disk in and afterit ran about 1/2 halfway it stopped and said that some of the files could not be found in the archives. Whats up? Were there some files that were permantly stored on the HD? I have done this procedure on my HP Pavilion 6644f and have not had this problem.
Could someone please help?

Answer:Low Level format on HP Pavilion

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Anyone know where I can get a good program to do a low level format on my external USB drive?

Answer:Low Level Format on a USB Drive

You can do physical formatting with your Windows XP. However, it is generally NOT a good idea to do maintainence on a USB drive. It tends to screw up. I would just leave it alone. If the USB drive is already screwed as is.... you could try it. use the FORMAT command with XP command line.

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Where do I find a low level format utility?

Answer:Toshiba low level format

Is toshiba the name of the computer or the Hard drive?? If toshiba then try checking out their site for a format utility.

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trying to reopen the closed: which is closed after wrongly marked as solved

YES, I know that is a 5 yrs old thread, BUT, the above is the third link on Google if you look for seagate low level format, now, some "specialist" named TheOutcaste, say that is no such thing as LLF any more since mid 1990s, and that is cute, BUT WRONG !

I just recovered ... TODAY, 2 HDDs, one Hitachi 200G and one Samsung 160G, using their own software, BOTH SOFTWARE, MADE THIS CENTURY, and both having LLF in it, AND IT WORKED ... REALLY !
and, unlike the above user, I don't talk non-sense be cause I also use mhdd, and before LLF I had a lot of bad timing sectors (response time over 150ms) and after LLF, I got no sector over 50ms

sadly Drive Fitness Tool can test any drive but LLF only works on IBM-Hitachi drives, same thing with Samsung software

unfortunately there is no such LLF option in seagate software all I can find is "Disk Wipe" and that is NOT LLF, I tried both SeaTools and Disk Wizard

also (speaking about 90s), I'm kinda pretty sure that you need a program that is aware of the drive manufacturer, be cause until today I didn't believed in LLF, most of it be cause I saw it in some laptops BIOS, and there it was doing NOTHING ! (and again, we love ya mr. TheOutcaste, those laptops had multi-cores, so, no way they was around in the middle 90s)

so, anyone knows a s... Read more

Answer:Low level Format software for Seagate ... REALLY NOW !

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I have windows 7 pro downgradable rights from windows 10. I had to do low level format on my HDD. I did a bootable recovery USB before formatting.Tried booting with it, it is booting normally, but it is showing that there is no operating system image on the computer. While on the USB there is factoryrecovery folder with large SWM files. is there is a way to reset the computer to the factory defaults?

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I just started to try to install W7 x64 on my secondary rig, but when the partitioning tool seemed unable to delete a couple of partitions on the disk, I resorted to several other tools trying to wipe the disk totally clean...including the MBR. I tried Seatools, but the best I could see, it wasn't designed for this purpose. I tried Hatichi's DFT, but it balked saying that I didn't have an HGST drive...whatever that is. I then went to Acronis Disk Director Suite, and simply created the partitions, because I didn't find a means of low level formatting.

For the W7 partition I chose an active partition and committed the operation, but while it seemed to complete the first part of the operation, it froze when trying to syncronize with the OS (I assume because there wasn't one).

I then started over with the W7 disk, but what it saw was a 100 GB logical partition for the OS (Which it would't accept), with the remainder, that I had not used DDS on, as an unallocated extended partition.

I tried to delete these, but it failed on the first partition, and on the other, the format and delete options were grayed out. The obvious question is how do I clean the HD of any trace of the previous partition data, so that the W7 installation doesn't throw a fit?

EDIT: I found that HGST stands for Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, so I guess they don't want it used on other drives, but that seems odd, because I had used it on some Maxtors in the past.

Answer:Low Level Format Prior to Installation

I would download gparted, burn the iso image and completely format the drive... Then reinstall Windows... get it -=> here

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1. Hi all , I had my hard checked with the maxtor power max utility and it produced a six digit error code. (maxtor says I have to low level my hard with power max utility)
During the last few weeks I formatted my hard more than 15 times. And there are lots of Bad sectors in it. (shows in scan disk)
Will it solve the problem ?

2. My computer @ the boot says xxxxx ultra 100 or something like that not installed because there are no drivers attached.
3. What is promise ultra 100 ide controller? I have the s/w for it in my mother board CD. Do I have to install it before the o/s install.
PLS HELP ME. I am very confused
thanks to all in advance.
My sys info
amd athlon 1000
asus a7v kt 133
diamond max plus d 740 x hard

Answer:hard disk low level format

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Please send a link to a low level USB hard drive format program. I bought a USB 100 GB hard drive and didn't realize it was formatted for MAC computers. If I put a MAC OS on this drive can my IBM style computer somehow easily boot and run
MAC OS and software?

Answer:How to low level format a usb 100GB drive


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I wonder if someone could help me. I have been told that a LOW LEVEL format
will get rid of a virus. Now I wonder if that is true and if so HOw do you go about a LOW LEVEL FORMAT??? I appreciate any ideas on this if you would please...


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My neighbor's laptop hdd seemed not to be working right, he had left the laptop in the closet for 2 years anyway, so it seemed not a loss to run a utility that might bring the hdd back [might not], so I started the low level hdd pre-format from a disc I had been given.

That was about a month ago, and the 250 gb hdd is still not done. Should it really take this long, or is the hdd totalled?

Answer:Low level HDD pre-format taking too long

What kind of utility are you using to format a drive? One month is way too long. Full format on 250GB drive should take a couple of hours at most.

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I have been searching and reading for an hour+ and still haven't seen any thing resembling my problem.
My signature below will tell you about my systems. I did the low level formating of the AMD and now I cannot get Network Neighborhood on the desktop. Both machines are connecting to the internet so that is not a problem.
I "thought" I had good hard drive imaging on a set of burned CDs but when I went to restore my HDD after the formating, one of the CDs would not restore so now I am up the creek and trying to restore the AMD manually. I am making progress but have hit a snag with the NN thing. I believe my network on the AMD is correctly setup and with Netbeui protocols installed. I have
not bothered the external modem; nor the Linksys Router.
Any help sent my way will be welcomed. And, as usual, TIA.

Answer:Low Level Format/Network Neighborhood

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I've been encountering several problems with a large 2nd hard drive that I am trying to use as a slave for extra storage. I would like to eventually run a different OS on this drive and use it for my multimedia purposes while still keeping the C drive for internet and home office.
The problem is this...the drive is recognized as D: when it is hooked up as slave (jumper settings correct on both) and I try to format it from within XP it says that only 31GB are available. The drive is a 160GB Maxtor drive and I just formatted and partitioned it with maxblast 3 to have 2 80GB partitions. The drive has had several OS installations in the past and has encountered errors when copying files to it. I thought a low level format might do the trick but can not seem to get that to work.
I removed the primary drive (the one im using now) and set the 160GB drive up as master. I used the maxtor low level utility (MAXLLF) or at least tried to. I downlaoded it to a floppy and extracted the application on the floppy disk. I tried using the floppy at start-up but nothing happens except for the computer just restarting itself again and again. I tried setting up the drive as slave and booting the computer with the floppy disk but can't get it to run. What am I doing wrong? Could someone please explain the way to low level format or why the drive is only seen as 31GB's in XP? Thanks, James

Answer:Low level format and second drive problems

What were you trying to format the drive as?
You cannot format FAT32 partitions bigger than 32GB in Windows XP.

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Hey guys I'm back (infected win 7 64 bit). I did DBAN, as well as Wipedrive, and the virus was up the very first time I opened IE after OS reinstall. As I mentioned I intend to upgrade the HDD but now I'm worried it's somewhere else and will infect the new one immediately. Any Ideas...If you need logs I won't alter the machine afterwards.

Answer:Low Level Format - Virus remains

You can close this...New HDD - problem gone.

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Low level formatting is not advised in today's hard disks.In modern drives, the first and last time low level format is done, it is done by the manufacturer at factory.The above has been posted by Romeo29(BC Advisor) in this topic: anyone please confirm that a Low Level Format is deadly in modern hard drives??

Answer:Low level format dangerous in moderns HDD's???

It's correct that a true low-level format , if anyone has access to a utility that will attempt to do this, is not appropriate for modern hard drives.

Two things are commonly called low-level formats. Firstly the original factory format, which creates the drive parameters, writes the tracks with servo markers etc, and then what is now usually called a zero-fill which is the empty state in which the drive leaves the factory with zero values for all contents in the user area.

Low and high level format is now used to distinguish between zero-fill, which returns the drive to the state it left the factory, and the operating system's file system format, which may or may not change the actual data content of the drive.

It is considered hazardous to use any older utility which attempts to do a true low-level format, because there's no certainty that the drive architecture will be correctly understood, and whilst the drive's controller may simply ignore wrong instructions, it could also "brick" the drive.

With the self-diagnostics and repair capabilities built into modern drives, there's no occasion to use anything beyond a zero-fill, which procedure triggers any pending maintenance operations to be implemented by the drive's controller.

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I helped a friend build a system around an EVGA (Nvidia) nforce 780i SLI motherboard with onboard RAID controller and 3 500GB hard drives in a RAID 5 array, running Windows Vista Ultimate x64. It was my second system build, his first. The system fired up with no real problems and ran fairly well for most of a year.

However, at one point the RAID array got out of synch. This happened once before and I was able to resynch and rebuild the array with no loss of data. However, the second time it happened I wasn't around to help and one thing led to another and the array was completely lost.

My friend is aware that his data is gone and won't be coming back; he didn't have anything that critical on the machine to begin with. I'm trying to save the hardware and reload Windows and the software from scratch. However, every time I try to reload the original Vista installation disk I get the blue screen of death. The error message says to make sure that there is sufficient room for installing Windows. I have tried reloading both in the RAID array and on individual drives with RAID disabled. I get further into the process using the array, but the installation eventually fails no matter what I try.

What I would like to do is a complete low level format of all three hard drives and wipe them clean, then restart the installation from ground zero. However, I can't find a way to do that from the BIOS. I can't get to any kind of a command prompt using the Vista ... Read more

Answer:RAID Corrupted - Need a low level format

1 Restart and enter the raid bios. Remove ALL drives from the raid array. Note each raid bios is a little different in how you do this task.

2 Select sata mode as either ahci or native ide; not raid. Save settings and restart.

3 Boot system with the hard disk maker's utility for checking the drives. You download this from whomever made the disks ie WD, Seagate, etc

4 After testing the drives, wipe them or write zeros to the drives. They are now in the same condition as when they were new excepting for physical wear of the drives.

IMO onboard raid is next to useless. If you want raid, then buy a real raid card. A quality raid card costs as much or more than your motherboard.

What kind of performance do you think you are going to get from onboard raid???

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I've recently decided to do something about my 1TB of trash on an external hard drive I own. I've copied all the data onto two other drives, so this one is empty.

Now, I am considering performing a low level format (basically a 0-fill) on this drive, to erase all the data and restore it to almost-like-factory condition. To start clean, pretty much. Is that a good idea?

Also, to organize my data nicely, I was thinking of partitioning that drive. Two, maybe three partitions to separate some stuff. Is that possible/safe or external hard drives? I've never tried it, that's why I'm asking. I know it's pretty much impossible on flash drives.

Some information on the drive itself: WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 (USB Powered) 2-3 years old, good condition

Answer:External HDD Low Level Format | Partitioning

Wiping a drive that large will take a very long time possibly all day.
I doubt it would hurt the drive though but it maybe painfully slow to you,

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Through My Digital Camera I Pressed Low Level Format How Do I Recover Those Pics

Answer:Low Level Format On Memory Card

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I have moved your post to the appropriate forum.

There is a programme available from HERE that might help you to recover you pics.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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How would one go about doing a Low level format on my hard drive that runs windows vista 32 bit ultimate?

I have a C and a D drive C being the windows drive, i want to wipe both of them out totally and do a low level format.


Answer:Low level format windows vista?

Recommended Software for certain tasks

Check that thread from our Read First topic. There is plenty of software that can be used to accomplish this. Boot and Nuke and KillDisk are the most widely known.

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i m using 33GB maxtor Hard Drive. i was getting problem with that coz i was not able to run it and not able to format any drive (c.d.e.f). So i tried to do a low level format with MAXDIAG(maxtor LLF utility). at the main interface i select the drive and select read scan and it successfully read the haddrive. but when i try to select write scan i get error msg

" diagnostic system reported the following error code : F12SY2"

some one suggested me to use powermax 4.23.i used that utility but when i try to select low level format i got the error msg
"diagnostic code : cba3936a"

now plz any1 help me what to do with that hard drive.

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Hi all, I think I got a problem with my R100 hard drive. I cannot high level format by some reasons, bad sectors I guess. So, I'm trying to find a solution and I guess the low level format could be a solution for this. But, I couldn't find a utility for low level format. So, is there any utility I can do low level format R100 Hard?

Thanks in advance

Answer:R100 low level format utility

Hi Brian

As far as I know this "low level format" depends on drive manufactures and BIOS. I am not sure if you can do this on your unit but check which producer has made this HDD. Google a little bit around on support page of the HDD producer. Maybe you will be lucky and you will find some information or some FAQ about it.

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In the past, whenever I have installed or reinstalled an OS I always did so after wiping the drive clean via a third party app such as Kill Disk. Probably unnecessary, but what the hell.
Currently running Windows 7 Pro and am now readying for Windows 10.
I understand the first install of the new OS must be an upgrade over 7. Haven't done this yet but I will. It's after this that I can do a clean install, correct? My question is if I run Kill Disk after the upgrade, in essence having a factory fresh hard drive, and then pop in the Windows 10 DVD I just made, will it install?

Answer:Low Level Format, Then Clean Install Windows 10?

Hello Carbo, and welcome to Ten Forums.

Yes, you are supposed to be able to do a clean install of Windows 10 on the same PC if you upgraded first like below. The activation servers have been overloaded, so it may not activate right away though.

Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer or Media Creation Tool on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.

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I've been trying to format my maxtor 6Y200PO 200gb hd to get the full size. I went into disk management and deleted all of the partitions (Mixed Windows and Linux). The problem now is that it only shows up as 127gb instead of the full. I've made sure that large hard disks are enabled in windows. Further I tried using Powermax v 4.21 and performing a low-level format. The problem is that it fails and tells me to contact Maxtor. The problem is that they hard disk is about a year and half old, so I'm guessing it is past its warranty date. The error message was:
- Maxtor code: de99a46d
- Model 6Y2000P0
- Serial: Y63JJHQCE
- Firmware: YAR41BW0

Is there anything I can do to fix this or should I just put up with the 127gb or maybe bin it?

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Unable to perform low level format of 6Y200PO

I doubt its past its warranty, I thought those had 3 or 5 year warranties. You can go through the RMA process and that will tell you whether its warranty is still good.

Why did you need to try low level format? Does it pass the SMART tests? I think your drive is fine, that 127 gig sounds fishy because that number is the limit for size in Windows I believe without some update.

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Dear Tech-friends,
I have a simple question for you. I want to do a low level format to clean my hard disks to remove any malware that might be on it. But I am not sure whether I can then still install a clean version of Windows 7 from my Q-disk,
a separate part of the disk where it is installed to prevent infections from outside. I did the  same thing as a test with a usb-stick with Active Killdlsk and after that I couldn?t format the stick with the inbuild Windows high level format program.
I think I can still install Windows after the low level format but I just want to be sure, I don?t want to buy a new latop yet. Any ideas what low level program I can use best? HDD Low level format tool only provides the option of cleaning the whole disk.
And if you also might know a good high level format program, don?t hesitate to inform me about that as well.

Thanks for your help in advance.


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anyone know where i can find the low level format software? i noticed the fujitsu site sends you to toshiba now. i could not find it on toshiba site.

dell laptop very slow. try to use dell re-format operating system disc and get the following every time

The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click "ok" to restar the computer, and then restart the installation.

Answer:dell laptop, fujitsu HDD, need to low level format

There is a diagnostic and an erase utility. Most manufacturer's put all the utilities on the DOS version but I'm not sure about fujitsu.

I'm wondering if you are having a problem with your RAM. Maybe remove one module and then try an install to see if it goes any further.

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I need a free low level format utility fo a Toshiba laptop drive.
Does anyone know if the Hitachi DFT tool, Maxtor Maxblast, Seagate
SeaTools, or any other software that I can use to zero out this drive?

Answer:Toshiba Notebook Drive Low Level Format

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I did a clean install of windows 7 ultimate after my laptop (g60-120us) got infected with a virus.
I kept having problems with the laptop not restarting on it's own when that option is selected in the shutdown menu or after an update, so I have done numerous clean installs in trying to solve the problem.
When this problem occurs, I have to manually power down the laptop and press the power button again to restart it as it just gets hung up endlessly...I've had this problem ever since I've purchased this laptop.
It occurred first when I tried to upgrade the graphics driver from the nvidia site, and then again when installing windows updates.
The only way I've been able to solve the problem has been to do another clean install.
Because of this problem and numerous update failures, I've probably done 6 or 7 clean installs over several days to try to solve the problem, but after the updates, the problem returns.
It was suggested that I install the updates one at a time to isolate which update is doing this, but this is not a reasonable suggestion as there are over 80 individual updates not to mention sp1 when doing a clean install.
During one of the many clean installs, the laptop went into a check disk procedure where it repaired some files and attempted to recover bad sectors.
Now when I boot up, I get the smart failure message saying imminent hd failure and press f1 to continue.
I've heard you can disable the message in the bios, but I cannot... Read more

Answer:smart failure options - low level format?

you can install updates let's say 10 each time. check if restart work fine. If you find the 10 possible problem patches, can do a system restore prior to installing thos 10 patches. Then install just 5 of them and test again. etc

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Hello folks ,,,
i h a 30 GB Seagate U Series 5 : ST330621A ...HDD and i want to do a complete LOW LEVEL FORMAT on my HDD.
I tried to get the software for the Seagate website ,,but couldn't find one.... (except for installation n use manual manual ) i think i h few to many bad sectors in ,my HDD.
The main reason beign i hvn't tried this LLFormat n whenever i try to do full format from Win xp CD it gets stuck n doesn't proceed further, so every time i just do quick format wiht NTFS extension, (Windows xp wont write on any bad sectors)
This problem of bad sector started when one friend gave me a pirated Winxp Vista version, that has Vista like features but runs Win xp, now i m using a Genuine Winxp i though what the hell its original n wont give any problemClick to expand...

so i want to wipe everthing out n start from scratch. I h heard of few names like HDD wipe , KillDisk etc.... Can someone suggest me some fine ware which is absolutely 100% safe n easy...( which u urselves h tried out )

i can do basic thing in command prompt,,,,,but every Bootable Ware has its own command,,that i can manage...
Can someone suggest me something ,,,,

Answer:Solved: Low level Format software for Seagate:

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I would like to know if the Recovery Tools CD of my Satellite X200 is able to restore my disk after a low level formatting?

In the waiting for, thanks a lot.

Answer:Re: Satellite X200: Vista restoring after low level HDD format


The usage of Toshiba recovery CD would format the whole HDD and would reinstall the whole Toshiba image again.
This means that the whole Windows Vista operating system, Toshiba drivers, tools and additional software would be installed on your X200 HDD.

I hope this is the information what you needed.

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Hello! I'm in the process of freshly installing my T410s because of performance problems. The harddisk got really slow and this being a SSD (solid state disk) that was adding quite a bit to the cost of the system. In detail it is a MMCRE28G8MXP-0VBL1 from Samsung which has the latest firmware from Lenovo. I found while searching the web a lot that Samsung is offering a newer firmware that includes the Trim command which should avoid slow performance as I experience now.But Lenovo is not offering this firmware and I don't want to risk voiding the warranty. So my question is now: As a work-around I would like to low-level format the SSD to get the original performance back. I remeber some time ago that there was some official low-level formatting procedure from lenovo (or even some tool inside the BIOS?). But I cannot find it anymore even after several hours of web browsing. I tried the tools from Samsung but they did not start on the T410s. So how to do the low-level formatting...? Thanks a lot for any hint helping to solve this issue!Best regards,Simon

Answer:Refresh/recover performance of SSD (low level format because no TRIM in Firmware)

Hello mate, What about this update ?

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I'm new to SSD formatting, and wanted to know if anyone has done a clean install on a Lenovo SSD.  I have used DBAN in the past on my HHD based systems, but I've read that SSD's need to be formatted differently.  I have a T410s 2901CTO  that I want to reconfigure. I would like to nuke the entire factory 128G SSD, repartition, format and install a clean Win7 OS. Any help, links, etc, are greatly appreciated

Answer:T410s - Need advice on Low Level format of Lenovo SSD and reinstall on Win7

Forgot to mention I have the Toshiba 128Gig SSD

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Hi, I would really appreciate ANY assistance in solving this problem.

It started about a week ago when I was online and my PC rebooted on it's own, as if someone hit the RESET button. No problem, got back into Windows. Apon startup, I clicked my start button and saw that my Shutdown and Logoff buttons were missing, I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL... I received some error that the Administrator has restricted my rights and cannot access this area, the same error popped up when I tried to access the windows RUN menu, the same error applies to the Task Manager. I also noticed that my software firewall, Sygate and anti-virus NOD32 was not loaded, as normally it should have been loaded.

I managed to give myself permission to access Task Manager and Shutdown buttons by going to the Command prompt and typing 'gpedit.msc'.

I connected to the internet and after a few minutes, I checked Sygate's Firewall traffic Log, and noticed that Explorer was trying to broadcast to (, I blocked this IP address and completely blocked Explorer and Internet Explorer from accessing the internet. Only using Firefox now, Firefox has also attempted to broadcast to this IP number aswell as

I tried virus scanning, Ad Aware 2007, I virus scanned with F-Prot for MSDOS, by booting in with a bootable MSDOS USB flash stick. Found no problems or infections.

I decided to just format my hard drive using SeaTools, did a low level format and re-... Read more

Answer:'Spyware/trojan' remains even after low level format of hard drive

I ran SuperAntiSpyware, ComboFix, SmitFraudFox, SD Fix as mentioned in other parts of this forum, but my problem still persists. Yes, these apps removed a few items, some tnCore or something trojan. But Explorer and FireFox are still trying to broadcast to the above mentioned IP address whenever I am connected to the internet.

Please help... thankyou!

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I have replicated a strange occurrence involving event viewer data over and over in case I was going insane and I would like to share this story in case someone can explain this spooky occurrence! A while ago I had to use system image restore (windows 7 image restore) to restore my entire system from a backup on my external. Everything went perfect, but one day whilst exploring Event Viewer I noticed some recorded events logged that occurred AFTER my image backup and before the restore. (the very events that clued me into running my image restore in the first place). Intrigued, I low level formatted my C: drive and again reinstalled from my image back up and again all recent events up to the most recent were still there in Event Viewer. How is this possible? Do I need an Exorcism performed on my PC? I have since replicated this multiple times out of share fascination. Any thoughts or priests that I could call on?

Answer:Event viewer information survives low level format! Spooky - read on!

What do you mean "low level format" what program are you using? How?

Do you have a 100meg recovery partition in addition to your C drive? (Look at your disk manager and see if there is more than one partition on your physical "C" drive). Information could be coming from there I suppose. Could you possibly not actually be formatting the entire drive but just the existing C partition and leaving the windows 100 meg recovery partition alone?

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Hi I'm having trouble preventing Word 2013 from automatically formatting a document. I have defined a multi level list associated with the headings style. If I have a line of text that has a number at the beginning of the line, word will automatically apply the heading style that corresponds with the number when instead I just want to create a bulletted list. The little auto format lightning bolt drop down does not appear at all. I have turned off every possible auto format and auto correct option there is, but word is still changing the format. Any help would be appreciated.


1 heading one
1.1 sub paragraph
2 each


1 heading one
1.1 sub paragraph
? each

Answer:Word 2013 can't stop auto format of heading multi level list

I don't use Word much these days, but having a look through my Word 2013, I see you might be able to make changes. With Word open select Design from the top menu & over on the RH side is Paragraph Spacing, click on that & from the drop down menu select Custom Paragraph Spacing.
This will open a selection of tabs you can use to change your document settings.
Click on Edit & scroll down to find one that says List Bullets. You can also select New Style & this will give you a lot more options that you can change.
Also note down at the bottom there is an option to select for This Document Only or for all Documents based on this Template.

I have not tried any of these options, but give it a try & see how you go. If you regularly want to us this style you can save it as a template as a basis for future documents.

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I am installing Xp on a micron pc millenia for my kid to use for games.  I had to put a new drive in and when it get to the part where it will reboot it starts all over again!  What am i doing wrong?

Answer:Format process keeps starting over

Without more information I would onlyu guess.Do you have any a floppy boot disk? Or can you make one on another PC?Ypu could try to boot is with a gloppy and run some diagnosstics on the hard drive.Did the new drive come with install and diagnostic software?

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Hey guys, a few day ago my pc became weird. Windows often don't boot up, only sometimes.

So I tought, why not low level format everything and reinstall windows ?

I load up my Hiren's boot cd, run utility disk and low level format. Everything went well...

No! The PC won't boot anything, cd, floopy, usb. I even tried external CD rom.

But still no luck...

Help.. Thanks!

Answer:Disk boot failure, Insert system disk and press enter after low level format.

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Did you change the boot order in the BIOS to cd drive as first device?

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in 2015 I bought an Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop. It originally had windows 8. In June or July of 2016, I took advantage of Microsoft's offer to upgrade it to a Windows 10 via online. I got it to work fined. In October of 2016, I suddenly got a blue screen with the message 'no boot device found'. I used the diagnostics tool but nothing resolved the problem. I can go to the command prompt and I can see an x:\ and I am able to display the contents of the drive. 
I bought a usb-based windows 10 in order to just start from scratch but during installation, I end up with a display saying  no drive detected. 
I now want to do a low-level format, that is, erase everything in the drive, treat it like a 'virgin' drive and then install my usb-based windows 10 software.
When I am in command prompt, I am unable to execute the format command because the system gives me a 'drive is protected' msg.
What tool could you recommend I use to low-level the hard drive so I can install my usb-based windows 10?

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I was attempting to format my USB drive to NTFS system.
The drive was being formatted and got 50% thru the process when an erro msg came up saying windows could not complete the format. This is a brand new drive which was formatted to FAT32 originally.
The drivers still detect the flash drive when it is inserted. The drive appears in my computer but i can't access it or fomat it. It says 'insert disk'.
Disk management detects the drive and allocates a drive letter to it but no drive details appear. It just says 'no media'.
I've tried Killdisk but this detects the drive but says 'drive not ready' so you can't do anything.
I've also tried EASEUS Partition Manager 1.1 which is a windows version of the partition doctor but this acnnot even detect the drive at all.

I know i was stupid in formatting the USB drive but please can you help me save my drive! There is no data on it that i need so re-formatting it is not a problem.
I've heard suggestions of formatiing on Windows 98 but i'm going to struggle to find a PC with Win 98 on it.

Any other suggestions or advice?

Please, please, please help. I'm desperate.

thanks in advance.


Answer:USB drive Format attempt failed midway thru process!

you cannot format flash drives with NTSF. Use FAT32.

format it using disk management under computer management. Don't format it by right clicking on the drive.

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I would like to make "low level format" all my drives. I have partition magic 8 with me, goes with this program? if yes, where? I cannīt found it?
Cann i do/make it with Bios or Dos.

Answer:how cann I make "low level format"

warning first : low level format is always of LAST RESORT when you encounter HDD problems.

read this webpage b4 replying and saying that u still wants to low level format.

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I work at a computer store, but I figure it's better to try and post here and hope for the best than send the computer. I am working on back to Toshiba as DOA.

Basically, the problem is, when I run recovery, the computer freezes during format process at "Progress 23 - 11 minutes remaining".

Since it's not the first time I have this problem with this particular model, I wonder if someone smarter than me has figured out a workaround... The OS is of Windows Vista and I use original CDs to run the recovery.

Any help would be appreciated.

PS. Excuse the bad English, I am typing this with my left toe (figuratively). A lot of work today, heh.

Answer:Satellite 3011G freezes running recovery during format process

The Satellite 3011G is not known to me. Are you sure you have typed the right notebooks series?!

Anyway, usually the installation should run smoothly, without any malfunctions.
Either the HDD was formatted in the wrong way or the HDD could malfunctions.

So in firstly you should format the HDD and erase all partitions from HDD?
I have noticed many times that a wrong HDD partitions could have a bad influence on the OS installation from the Recovery CD!

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Is there a chance do define two different audio levels?
I guess I am not the only one listening to music with my computer - so I'd like to avoid awkward and looooud system sounds while turning up my stereo...

is there a chance to do so? I know that apple has it, not sure bout win7...


Answer:Low system sound level, high music level?

I think I understand your question. I use powered partner speakers and in my audio controls for my sound card it has output levels and then and then my music manager has it's own. First I set my sound card at around 1/3 volume +- and then go to the mm and set a volume to around 1/2-3/4 full volume. Then at my speakers I adjust the volume to a clear but loud volume. Then going back to the mm I'll use it's volume only which is controlled off my keyboard and it seems to work well. You still will run into situations where things are too load or too soft and other than in your music files there really isn't much you can do about that, just be ready to ride your volume a little.

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I cannot use IE on my desktop, but several other applications (e.g. outlook) can access the internet. When I ping my router from the desktop, it works fine, but when I ping the desktop itself from the desktop it times out.

Pinging the desktop from other computers on the home network work fine.

Is my stack screwed up, or do I have a problem with the network adapter?


Answer:Low-level Connects work, not high-level

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6143 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4650, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 938406 MB, Free - 848180 MB;
Motherboard: Gateway, EG43M
Antivirus: PC Cleaner Pro, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable
I play FarmVille and was at Level 39. I started it today and am now at Level 1 and can't get my game back.

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Does anyone know how to disable Level 1 and Level 2 cache in CMOS
there doesnt seem to be any options in the bios menus (PHOINEX)
I have a problem of windows xp not booTing after installing windows sp2

Many thanks

Answer:Disable Level 1 and Level 2 cache in CMOS

If there is no option for it in the BIOS you probably cant do it. Its not advisable anyways - and i also doubt your problems with SP2 come with the CPUs cache.

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HiJust installed security patch level 1 June 2017. Unfortunatley the microsoft office pacakge was not fully installed .Tablet is missing WORD app but the rest off office pacakge was installed is there anyway to run the same update again?or revert the firmware. kind regards

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My computer, which is running Windows XP, got infected with the Google redirect virus. In the Task Manager, there is an unknown process 2212512753:247209852.exe, which I cannot stop.

I am using the McAfee anti-virus program. When I turn on real-time scanning, it immediately turns off again. When I try a quick scan, I get a message saying "An Error Has Occurred".

When I try running a quick scan in Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, it runs for a few seconds, then quits. I tried other options, including running it under a different name.

Recently, I have been unable to access the Internet, although my wireless connection still seems to be working. I have been using another computer and a flash drive to transfer files.

The GMER program ran for a couple of minutes, then quit.

The dds.txt file contains the following:
DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21
Run by David Kingsley at 20:02:03 on 2011-10-05
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3068.2384 [GMT -5:00]
AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Disabled/Updated* By default we load generic code, php, css, sql and xml/html; load others here if desired 3
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled*
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
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Answer:Google redirect virus, unknown process with name format of "number colon number dot exe", Malwarebytes scan quits

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.Please download and unzip it.Run the tool.Copy and paste the following into the edit box:

path to the numbered file
Press Create button and post the content of the Result.txt.

Important: Restart the computer.Run Combofix:You may be asked to install or update the Recovery Console (Win XP Only) if this happens please allow it to do so (you will need to be connected to the internet for this)Before you run Combofix I will need you to turn off any security software you have running, If you do not know how to do this you can find out >here< or >here<Combofix may need to reboot your computer more than once to do its job this is norma... Read more

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Regardless of battery level, it will flash all 5 LED's when I press the indicator button.
 I have tried reinstalling the BIOS but it did not fix the problem. Any ideas? Could it be a motherboard issue?

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Question: Operation Aborted

I was wondering why sometimes I try to go into a website and it says "Internet Explorer cant open the website-Operation Aborted". This happens sometimes and it never happened before.

Answer:Operation Aborted

What have you done recently to your PC?Can you use another browser?You can go to and check to see if the web site you want is a bad site.Don't go to bad sites. They really can mess with your PC in a bad way. If that was the problem, be glad you found out.But if  that is not the problem, come back here with a list of good sites you can not enter, and let others check them out.

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