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Which of these would permanently delete all data on a hard drive?


B) Low-level format


D) Quick format

E) Close your eyes when the computer boots

The answer: B) Low-level format

A low-level format is not available directly in the Windows OS, but there are third-party utilities that can perform a low-level format on a hard drive.

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