Does formating a: delete all files

If I use "format a", will it delete all files on the hard drive?
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  1. If you format a: it will erase all the files on the disk that is mounted at a:.

    If your harddisk is mounted at c: and you are formatting another disc that is mounted at a:, a: will be erased but c will be fine.
  2. if harddisk is write protected. then how could we do with the file?
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