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low level format?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by wesley, 3 May 2006.

  1. wesley


    Joined: 29 Jul 2003

    Posts: 7,476

    hi guys

    what does low level format do to the hard drive?

    got a laptop here, the hard drive is S-L-O-W! used Hitachi fitness from Hitachi website, passed quick and long test. wondered if low level format will fix the speed?

    cheers :)
  2. rpstewart

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2003

    Posts: 10,746

    Location: Greenock, Scotland

    How slow is slow? Have you tried running HDTach on the drive?

    A laptop drive will be nowhere near as fast as a desktop one, even the new 7200rpm ones are let down by the size of the platters - big platters mean more data under the head per revolution which gives better transfer rates.

    I doubt low level formatting will do anything, it's not something that should be attempted at home as it can lead to suspect areas of the disk which have been soft mapped out under normal usage being reallocated.
  3. wesley


    Joined: 29 Jul 2003

    Posts: 7,476

    its a client's laptop, 40GB 4200rpm, MUCH slower than any laptops i've used. i think the hard drive is faulty. cant boot up to XP.

    cheers anyway :)