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Which erase utilities use the HDD's onboard FW method?

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I have a damaged disk that I'm going to send back to WD, but I've been trying all the recommended utilities (DBAM, Kill Disk, Eraser, CopyWipe, WDLGDiag, others) and all have failed to get past the multiple bad sectors which start at around 70GB into the disk. Even the utilities which can be set up to skip bad areas of the disk do not work. There is a lot of still accessible disk area past these bad sectors but I can't figure out how to wipe it.

I've heard there's a way to activate a drive's internal, FW based erase utility. Will this give me a better chance of success? If so, how do I do it?
     
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maybe but if it's damaged there are no guarantees...

Parted Magic has an "Erase Disk" utility that does this... it's widely publicized in SSD forums for this reason, since erasing using the firmware is what you want there as well.

http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=downloads
An OCZ guide:
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/fo...d-Click-Method
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Thanks GMan. I hope it works. I also tried the linux 'dd' method and that hung even with the -noerror switch.

Hmm, I read through that thread on the OCZ forum and saw this:

Q: What Software can I use to Secure Erase my SSD?
A: HDDErase.
A: Linux HDParm.
A: Parted Magic/Linux.. Secure Erase With bootable CD/USB - Point and Click Method.

I did try HDDErase but maybe I didn't use the Secure Erase method.

If this works do you know if it will wipe the SMART info which indicates the sector failures?
Edited by tonyptony - 12/20/10 at 12:16pm
     
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