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    You can download it here: Zero Fill 1.0.27.zip.  I just tested it on https://www.virustotal.com/en/ and it passed.  Let me know if you have any problems or questions with it.  It is a Windows program, so you'll have to connect the HDD to your working computer and zero it from there.  I suggest finding the disk in the "PhysicalDrive" section (that way, it will wipe the whole drive, not just the selected partition).  However, be extremely careful to select the correct drive there; you will need to know your laptop's HDD's make, model number, and capacity so that you select the correct disk.

For instance, on the computer I'm typing this on, it lists:

Partition A: "SD CARD"
Partition B: "Samsung"
Partition C: "ACER"
Partition D: "ACER"
Partition E: "WesternDigital"
Partition F:
Partition G: "Swap"
Partition H: "REMOVABLE"
PhysicalDrive0: SAMSUNG SP1644N  160 GB
PhysicalDrive1: 0AS   250 GB
PhysicalDrive2: 00JS-60NCB1   250 GB
PhysicalDrive3: USB SD Reader
PhysicalDrive7: DataTraveler 2.0   4GB

    Here, it's obvious that B is a partition on PhysicalDrive0; but with PhysicalDrive1 and PhysicalDrive2 it's hard to tell, because they're both 250 GB disks and the manufacturer's names are not listed on those two.  If I selected PhysicalDrive1 with the intention of wiping E and G, it would wipe C and D if I guessed wrong and E and G were really on PhysicalDrive2.  If you're not sure, look at your drive to find the model number, or, just select a partition (instead of a physical drive) to be safe.  Any data that this program zeros will be irreversibly gone, so please be careful.
 
Edited by Techie007 - 5/28/13 at 7:57pm
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The program will not let me write data to any sectors on the drive. I ran the program as administrator but it still won't work. It simply tells me
"access is denied." Maybe this is a security feature of Windows 7? Also, I have a sector count of 93 that have not been reassigned or reallocated. Do you think that this is high enough to just scrap the drive? As I was trying to backup data before zeroing the drive I could see that there was lots of stuff that was corrupted or not able to be accessed.

Edit: It seems the drive has failed, but it was a good effort. Thanks for your help. Now I can shop for a better drive. Actually it's still under warranty. The RMA is set up.
Edited by Jcoffin1981 - 5/27/13 at 11:21pm
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    I'm glad it's still under warranty.  From what you've said so far, it sounds like the HDD is failing and needs replaced.

    On Windows 7 Ultimate x32, the zeroing program worked for me on all external and internal drives except for the system drive, C:\ (I commented out the line that actually writes zeros when I tested it on drives I didn't want to zero).  So the report surprises me; but I'd rather you not lose any valuable files by accidentally selecting the wrong drive than to help debug the program's issue on your system!
Edited by Techie007 - 5/28/13 at 6:01am
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awesome information techie007. +rep for all the helpful advise throughout the thread. OP, it stinks the drive has failed on you, though glad that it seems you have a warranty and can get a new drive. I have seen dells that have hidden recovery partitions that don't mention them on the bios boot screen. the easiest way to tell if the drive has a recovery partition is to hook it up to another pc, if it does NOT you should only see one new partitioned drive come up in win explorer, if it does you will see 2 with one being OS and the other being Recovery. the Recovery partition on average is round 10-12gb of data space. if it does have it it might be worth using drive image xml or clonezilla to clone the old drive to the new one as the recovery partitions will grant you a clean new install of windows and all device drivers along with anything else that was installed from the factory, albeit at the cost of a little preinstalled bloatware. it is easy to uninstall the bloatware though, and install the antivirus of your choice. good luck, OP
 
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    I had a couple of disks to zero sometime, so I ran the program and ran into the same problem you mentioned.  I had changed an access sharing flag right before compiling the program.  It worked in my quick test, which was zeroing a volume, not a physical disk.  I fixed the bug, and also greatly improved the disk selector to make it more obvious which disk you're selecting.  If you want to give it another shot, go ahead.  The link has been updated to version 1.0.27 in my earlier post, so you'd simply re-download it from there.  Sorry for the inconvenience!
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I tried zeroing the volume and the physical drive. The volume didn't work either, IIRC I think the system froze entirely when trying to run the program, a symptom of the failing drive. I had no problem distinguishing which drive is which; I'm very familiar with my system. Since the drive is still under warranty I see no reason to continue trying to salvage it, considering it can go belly up anytime in the future. I was able to format the drive under windows disk management and have it ready to be shipped. Seagate is overseeing Samsung warranty replacement and they have a new drive (or refurbished probably) in transit. I am required to send them my old drive or they will charge me like $70 bucks! The drive was the Samsung HM500JJ, and when I bought it it was one of the better laptop drives available. I hope they don't send me a really crappy drive in place of it. I still have the original which came with the laptop and it is slow as S#@%. The coninuous read speed was something like 50 MB/sec.

I have separate installation disks to reinstall the OS. There was no recovery partition on the drive. I have wasted enough time with this drive. Thanks for the helpful advice everyone!
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