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I am dismantling an old computer and selling it for parts and I wanted to format all of the drives I pulled out of it before I sell it and I have run into a problem. There are 2 160GB Samsung HDDs (HD160JJ) that were in a raid and when I pop them into my computer and go to initialize them so I can do a format it sees each drive as the full 300GB of the previous raid and when I click initialize I get a "The System Cannot Find The File Specified" error and that is that. I can't initialize them and therefor can't format and sell.

Any help? On Windows 7 X64 SP1 FYI.

I searched OCN and Google....
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post #2 of 7
DBAN the drives then format them.
post #3 of 7
if you can atleast see each drive maybe you can try something like killdisk thinking.gif
http://www.killdisk.com/
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post #4 of 7
go to disk management, select the drive and delete the partition, or just DBAN them
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Thanks for the answers dudes. DBAN will erase ALL drives on my PC so that is no good and that Kill program is going to take 3 hours per disc... not worth the time for these old buggers. I will just chuck them.

Thanks again though.
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post #6 of 7
You can select which drives DBAN wipes, failing that simply disconnect any drives you don't want wiped. You shouldn't need to run the programs for the full length of time. 15 minutes will most likely be enough to wipe the RAID metadata.
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You shouldn't sell drives without wiping them properly. A format just wipes out the MFT (a list of files on the drive) - but a deep scan with any recovery program will still find all your data.

DBAN ftw. thumb.gif After burning to CD, just power down and unplug the hard drives you want to save - DBAN the rest.

Edit: If you can break the RAID array somehow and reformat, CCleaner can zero-fill empty space on a partition. But unlike DBAN, it isn't guaranteed to catch everything.
     
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