Re: /dev/null > /dev/sdb1 !
Bob McGowan wrote:
I have Maxtor IDE drives and Maxtor makes (or made, I got this some time
ago) a DOS based utility to do low level formats. Your disk vendor
probably has something similar available.
The Maxtor utilities will prep a drive, for those who can't be bothered
to use the native utilities for an OS, but I quite doubt that an IDE was
truly low-level formatted by it. The drive platters of modern drives
are low-level formatted before they are even assembled into a working
hard disk. They contain "embedded servo" information, which can't be
written by the read/write heads even if one wanted to. Attempting to
low-level format an IDE drive would only succeed in permanently
destroying the drive.