March 16th, 2012

Can I Unformat That Disk?

As you can see from the table published in Part I of this article, formatting any type of media in Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, Windows 2000 and Windows XP is never destructive. Indeed, these operating systems do not zero disk data even when performing the full format operation; instead, they verify the disk by simply reading the sectors instead of writing to them. This was changed in later versions of Windows to facilitate tighter security....
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