Re: Hard Drives 101. Your answers please.

Re: Hard Drives 101. Your answers please.

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Posted by Henry on November 04, 2001 at 23:05:10:

In Reply to: Re: Hard Drives 101. Your answers please. posted by colin on November 01, 2001 at 18:53:17:

When I get a used HDD I ALWAYS run the drive maker's pseudo low level format program to write zeroes to every accessible address on the disk. This sanitizes the HDD, gets all the odd stuff off and kills any virus that might be on the drive. Next I partition the disk, FAT16 or FAT32 NEVER NTFS. Reason: FAT16 and FAT32 volumes can be fixed with DOS98 or later on a bootable floppy but NTFS cannot (requires another NTFS system to repair a screwed up HDD). After formatting the drive I run scandisk and perform a thorough (R/W) surface scan to see whether there are any (many?) bad spots. Format often finds a lot of bad spots and spends a lot of time trying to "recover" them; scandisk will find more bad spots than format does.

At this point I have a clean, formatted HDD that is ready for service (or the trash bin if it has many bad spots).

Hope this helps,

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