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Low level format:

http://hddguru.com/software/2006.04....l-Format-Tool/
    
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Originally Posted by Morizuno View Post
hook it up to another pc, go to computer, right click, and select "format"
I could recover that data easily.

DBAN and let it zero out the drive several times.
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I use Active@ Killdisk personally. Does a DoD 5220.22m. That is a triple pass of all 00's. This is the standard for the US Department of Defense, and also most banking and financial institutions.

You can easily retrieve a good amount of data using something like R-Studio if you do anything less.

EDIT: Anybody telling you in here that a simple format will kill all of the data is a fool.
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alright people, thanks for the posts. ATM, I am formatting my disk, with quick format unchecked. After that, I will do another format for the lulz, and off to ebay. I don't think anything important was on the disk, just a couple games and music. No pr0nz or anything of the like.
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alright people, thanks for the posts. ATM, I am formatting my disk, with quick format unchecked. After that, I will do another format for the lulz, and off to ebay. I don't think anything important was on the disk, just a couple games and music. No pr0nz or anything of the like.
Well if there was no personal data like credit card numbers, social security info, etc, then it doesn't really matter anyway. I normally do a DoD wipe and a SCANDISK on every drive I sell on Ebay, and I still had a customer send me a message that it kept coming up with an error during install. I quickly refunded the guy's money + shipping, apologized like crazy, and asked him to please dispose of the drive any way he sees fit. There is no way I'm gonna let something like a failed hard drive get me a negative feedback.
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