You’ve heard about it. You’ve told clueless people to do it. You’ve feared the virus that might do it for you. But what really happens when you pull up a command prompt and type ‘format C:’? Jonathan Hohle finds out.
I made a goal for myself to find out what would happen if I ran “format c:” on a freshly installed Windows system and decided to compare it to the equally notorious “rm -Rf /” in Linux. Besides noting how effectively I could trash the system, I wanted to see how the operating system responded, and what it took to be able to destroy the system. I know that “format c:” and “rm -Rf /” aren’t equivelent[sic], but they usually are interchangeable punchlines to jokes, which is why they were chosen.
Pretty good article. Includes step-by-steps that you should never repeat.