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    Format HDD (low level format) - KillDisk




    LOW-LEVEL Hard Disk Drive (HDD) FORMAT


    Download KillDisk zip file; extract ISO - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
    (select - Download DOS boot disk ISO image - http://software.lsoft.net/boot-cd-iso.zip)

    Use ImgBurn to burn KillDisk ISO to CD - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download


    ImgBurn - Select "write image file to disk" -




    KillDisk - Boot system with KillDisk CD. Select "Active KillDisk Free" -



    Select partition to format; repeat for all partitions -

















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    Last edited by jcgriff2; 08-20-2013 at 07:10 PM. Reason: update KillDisk ISO URL

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    Re: Format HDD (low level format) - KillDisk

    is that safe for modern hard drives?
    it's my understanding that since about 10 or so years ago, low-level formatting can only be done at the factory.

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    Re: Format HDD (low level format) - KillDisk

    Platter drives yes, SSD's use only to erase the data when disposing of the drive or equipment.

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    Re: Format HDD (low level format) - KillDisk

    To clean a SSD of all data one needs to use the device's internal controller. Parted Magic has a Secure Erase option to do that. For HDDs CCleaner has a Drive Wiper utility to over-write data up to 35 times.


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