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I know, it sounds like a contradiction, but I have a justification. I have two drives, boot and data. Also, I was using Linux Live USB creator a rather handy tool. I accidentally selected D instead of F as the destination drive, formatting my 1.5 TB with pictures, music, and movies in FAT and creating a live Avira recovery disc over it...Ironic to say the least. Well, thankfully I have a backup so the only loss are the dvd images I had which I can re-rip from my dvd collection (time consuming but not permanent).

I have gotten over my initial shock/rage/stupidity and am coping as well as any individual can in this situation. My question to the community is, is there a way to lock specific drives from being formatted? Perhaps adding password protection, but only in case of formatting? If I was using windows format I would have realized I clicked on the wrong drive but here it was a fold down menu error and I just clicked right on through past the "ARE YOU SURE?" bubble. I think I need an extra layer to prevent my fingers from moving faster than my brain at midnight. Thanks.
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The only thing I can think of is putting a BIOS-level password on the hard drive you want locked down. But then it couldn't be accessed at all without putting in the password, so you wouldn't be able to use it while keeping the formatting protection going.
    
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The only thing I can think of is putting a BIOS-level password on the hard drive you want locked down. But then it couldn't be accessed at all without putting in the password, so you wouldn't be able to use it while keeping the formatting protection going.
I considered this except for the problem you mentioned. I was also trying to think if there might also be a way to password lock program's privileges to modify drives. Do you know if programs such as this format on their own or if they go through windows drive formatting to do so? If they all went through one point I could lock it down more easily I think. (I have no idea if this is feasible or true, just tossing it out there)
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