36.4GB drive formats out to 32.8GB? what am I missing please

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at tensor.3miasto.net
Sun Jun 12 17:04:05 GMT 2005

> "Formatting" is not the same as building a filesystem on the drive.
> So, after it is "formatted" at the factory, it is still necessary to
> make slices and divide the slices in to partitions and newfs the partitions
> to make file systems.   SOme people use a generic work format to mean
> those things.   It is not quite accurate, but that is what was meant.

in modern drives there is no way (for customer at least) to FORMAT hard 
disk. "low level format" is BIOS actually wipes disk with zeroes or 
doesn't write anything at all.

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