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I totally screwed up trying to install Windows 98SE on a new computer. (lots of spare parts). I tried to re-format HD, had problems. Tried Fdisk. Deleted partition, re-created partition. Only made it worse. Western Digital
Tools won't touch it either.

Is there any way I can format this drive and have it in the same condition as when it just came in the door? Actually unformatted so I can start all over again? I'm ready to take a magnet to it.
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killdisk

does what it says.

http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...212&q=killdisk
    
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Exactly what Sreenath said.

Zero Write should be good enough, it will set the drive back to 'defaults'. It takes someone with a bit of knowledge to recover data from a zero write. But if you have very private data or stuff you don't want people to see, I'd buy the program and atleast do the 3 pass test. Although these tests can take over a day and the last one i've seen take up to a week before!
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post #4 of 30
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Originally Posted by marmaduke View Post
I'm ready to take a magnet to it.
Use kill disk, for a magnet to "clean" your hard drive, it would have to be quite powerful, supposedly powerful enough that it would also draw the iron out of your blood.
    
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just out of curiosity after you do a zero write on a drive how does someone get info back on it. Doesnt filling the drives with 0's fill in the space where the old files were making them non existent anymore.
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Ouch.

I'd say stick with killdisk.
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post #8 of 30
Yes it does. You then stick a partition on it, and off you go!
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Originally Posted by b.walker36 View Post
just out of curiosity after you do a zero write on a drive how does someone get info back on it. Doesnt filling the drives with 0's fill in the space where the old files were making them non existent anymore.
No, it takes a few passes of random letters and zeros to permently make it unrecoverable.

There are some programs that can actually pull some data back from a zero write.

Now if the government got a hold of your drive since they physically tear the drive apart to see data.... I believe the only way to competely remove data is the 27 pass test that killdisk offers that requires you to buy the program. And as far as I know depending on the drive size, this can take a couple days to even a week.

As for selling on ebay, I normally just to a zero write. If someone is bored enough to try to pull up my porn, more power to them
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Originally Posted by b.walker36 View Post
just out of curiosity after you do a zero write on a drive how does someone get info back on it. Doesnt filling the drives with 0's fill in the space where the old files were making them non existent anymore.
Yeah, i don't understand how if you write over everything with 0's, someone can still recover the data..
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