How can I kill a formatting operation launched by the Disks application?

cn flag

I launched a formatting operation on a drive, asking the Disks application to overwrite all content on the drive. This process is taking too long. How should I kill the process? Closing the Disks application has not stopped the writing operation.

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cn flag
All you can do is reboot the machine.
ar flag
Killing the formatting operation by rebooting the machine, particularly by force-booting (holding down the power button. for example) may permanently damage the disk being formatted and leave it in an unusable state.
cn flag
@David from command line gracefully killing the process is not an option? and yes rebooting can damage the system. just depends on when you do it.
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