I've had lots of success using MS-DOS format and not rebooting.

The following is from AEFDISK FAQ's page. It was actually this that got me
in the habit of rebooting after formatting...


Q: What's the point formatting with aefdisk?

A: Aefdisk formats partitions fast, based only on the partition table
entry. DOS format checks for old boot sector which can lead to mess...
That's why it's always a good idea to reboot, even if you just format a drive.


I figure this guy knows infinately more than me about fdisking and
formatting. So I took his advice.

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