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Removing Partition

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Dear Sir,

Please help me with this problem.  I got a Toshiba notebook with Pentium 100 MHz.  My notebook has 840 MB of hardisk drive.  I mistakenly done partition on it into D and E drive.  Now I couldn't delete it using fdisk because the label for the drives(D & E) is in computer language form.  Besides that, when I try to reformat my hardisk, it says that it format my hardisk to 1004 MB.  Besides that, the format program also tell me that it is trying to recover allocation unit.  Is it possible for me to perform low level format on my hardisk?  If not, how am I going to remove the partition?
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ronfreimuth earned 100 total points
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 Use LABEL from the command line to change the partition labels.  Then you should be able to delete the partition(s).

  No, you can't low level format modern HD's.  There should be no reason to do this.

  Nothing much wrong with FORMAT trying to recover an allocation unit, though bad sectors are generally remapped to spare sectors by current HD's.  Thus, you shouldn't see any 'bad sectors'.

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by:danpaul091498
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I think there is  a little confusion here. You can in fact LLF a drive. What most people caution agaist is using an old BIOS based utility for doing this. HD companies offer LLF utilities for doing this. Most are pretty safe. The term low-level-format is kind of a misnomer. It should probably be called a mid-level format. In fact, some companies actually do this. In some cases this is the only way to get rid of a virus. Usually bad sectors on a drive signals the end of the drive. Have your drive checked out for possible problems.
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