PREP - Hard Disk Low Level Format (2615)
PREP - Hard Disk Low Level Format
The PREP utility initializes and prepares the hard
disk surface for the storage of data. It performs a low-level
format, then checks for bad sectors. If any bad sectors
are found, they are marked in a way that prevents data from
being stored in them.
There are two situations where PREP is used.
- To prepare the hard disk drive surface for formatting when
installing a new hard disk drive.
- To exclude sectors of the hard disk that have become
unusable, indicated by intermittent or continuous hard
disk drive read failures.
PREP erases all data on the hard disk.
If at all possible, always back up the data on the hard disk to diskettes
before running PREP.
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