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None. You cannot low-level format an ATA drive. Low-level formatting is for SCSI drives. What you can do is zero the data on an ATA drive which will mark bad sectors if there are any.
Do the following:
1. Boot from your Tiger DVD. After the installer loads select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. If this is an external drive then you can use Disk Utility from your Utilities folder rather than booting from the DVD.
2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
3. Set the number of partitions from the dropdown menu (use 1 partition unless you wish to make more.) Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the volume(s) mount on the Desktop.
4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.
5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.
6. Click on the Erase button. The format process will take 30 minutes to an hour or more depending upon the drive size.