> Another, more _risky_ option is to re low-level format your drive.
> I'd only suggest this as an option to throwing the drive out, where
> it wouldn't matter if you trash the disk. This has the IDE controller
> write the data it needs ... <snip> I'm trying to find a utility for
> my disk so I can do this to my disk.
Sorry, won't work. The vast majority of IDE drives *cannot* be
low level formatted. They do this at the factory, then they
put the controller board in. When you issue a low-level
format command to an IDE drive, it *simulates* the command and
reports that it was succesful! High level formats, like
Linux or DOS format commands merely write E5h bytes to the
512 data bytes in the sector.
I have heard....that SOME Seagates can be low level formatted,
but it is *not* recommended to do so outside the depot. This
may have to do with the fact that IDE drives have precision
encoded servo tracks to guide the head to the proper cylinder.
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