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T450s Recovery USB after low level format

Q: T450s Recovery USB after low level format

I have windows 7 pro downgradable rights from windows 10. I had to do low level format on my HDD. I did a bootable recovery USB before formatting.Tried booting with it, it is booting normally, but it is showing that there is no operating system image on the computer. While on the USB there is factoryrecovery folder with large SWM files. is there is a way to reset the computer to the factory defaults?

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Preferred Solution: T450s Recovery USB after low level format

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I have read on here that in the case of reformatting to get rid of viruses that one should do a low level format and I do not understand what that is. I have read the article from Microsoft that some have linked to that is suppose to explain the difference, but it does not explain it to me.

Is formatting using the XP disk considered low level?

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?

I am assuming they have to be put on a cd as I cannot see how they could run off the hard drive, is that correct?

A:Low Level vs High Level Format

Also, how does one go about using third party formatting tools like killdisk or the format tools from the hard drive mfg? As in, do they have to be burned as an ISO to a cd or can the just be copied onto a cd?As an ISO. The instructions for Killdisk are very easy to followUsing Killdisk will remove partitions and overwrite the entire drive with zerosThat is a low level reformat

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I have a few questions and one of them is, what is the difference between an unconditional format and a diskpart's Clean All in the command prompt. When I read their definitions online I don't know what they differ in.

If anyone could be as so kind to enlighten me on the topic, I'd thank you alot!

A:Low Level Format vs Clean All/Unconditional Format

I'm not sure if Clean All checks for and isolates bad sectors. An unconditional format is supposed to fully test the surface before building tables.

I'd be interested in definitive info myself.

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I am going to do a fresh install. Should I do a LLF or a normal format of the C

I have had some problem with my WD 120 gig Primary Drive along with the WD 100 gig secondary drive. If I take out the secondary drive Xp will not boot with just the Primary drive. For some reason it wants that seconary drive in there. Thought maybe boot sector. Jumpers were checked and still will not boot.

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Hi all

Please how do i do a low level format for a Hitachi laptop HardDisk in IBM Laptop?

I found some Bad sectors in this drive, it was working great last time i used the laptop !

Please can anyone help me with this?

Thanks in advance

A:Low Level Format

look here..you should be able to find something:

but first...look for a diagnostic utility..this worked when my HDD had bad sectors

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I have a drive I need to send back to the Mfg. for warrant replacement. It was my "C" drive so I need to render the data on the drive unrecoverable. Will low level format of the drive do this or do I need one of the programs that 100% overwrites the HDD?


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Does anybody know how to low-level format a hdd ?

A:Low level Format

To perform a low level format you should use the drive manufacturers software.


Western Digital
These are diagnostic progams that must be loaded on a floppy disk. You must set your bios to boot A:\ first then run the program.

Here is a good guide for installing XP after you format;
Black Viper's

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Can anyone help me lowlevel format a drive please?

I know I can use the 'format x: /FS:file-system /P:2' to do a low level format with 2 passes on drive X but how can I do this via the command line with a drive with no partitons? ie if the partition has been deleted so there is no drive letters etc, but I still want the drive low leveling for security reasons.

Can I do it based on the disk id?


A:low level format help please

I would use the secure erase function on the drive. Secure erase is built into all modern hard drives. It's a very fast process using an internal wipe function and the data is unrecoverable.

Here are two tools that can do this:
Secure Erase - Powerful, easy to use, and inexpensive.
HDDerase.exe review: Freeware utility securely erases drives the old-fashioned way | PCWorld

I would suggest making sure that no other drives are connected to the system to avoid any data loss.

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will a low level format completely wipe a hard drive where nothing is recoverable or should a hard drive just be destroyed?

A:low level format

If you've got sensitive data which you never want to be recovered there is a utility on Norton System Works which destroys to government standards. Someone can still recover data from a format high or low.

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How would i go about doing a low-level format of my hard-drive?? All i need to do is get rid of all of my partitions on my hd so i can install a fresh new OS. I check the bios and there was no format option available

and how do i make my comp boot up and check the cd-rom?? i check in the bios but i can't find the option to set the cd-rom as the primary boot device??


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I've search this Forum for the directions on how to perform a low level format which is supposed to take everything off a HDD. I just paid $75.00 to have one done to two HDDs. I have not been able to locate that information on this Forum and my time (at the library) running out. Could someone please tell me how to do such formatting.

(My search only netted me the words "low level format" but not how to do one. This is just another little piece of info I need; I go into the Registry quite often, but I still don't know how to do a "low level format".)

A:Low Level Format


Why do you even need to do this? A regular Windows format will usually suffice. Commiserations on losing the $75. You can probably do the same thing yourself with Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN)

As far as I know, a low level format, by definition, is not possible with modern day hard drives, its normally something which can only be done by the manufacturers in the factory. Dban will "write zero's" to your hard drive and, unless you have top secret government files on it, Dban will wipe it as good as anything else I know (though there are others).

Hope this helps.

Edit; Stay out of the registry, unless you really know what you're doing.

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i have a hard drive that needs to be format in "low level format"

i have downloaded a "seatools_enterprise_install.exe" but before going further, i know how to format and partition a hard drive but i dont have any experience yet in low level formatting.

can you give me any ideas and the procedure how to do it?
what are the do's and dont in formatting?

thanks in advance, more power to the group.


A:Low Level Format

Important drive information (servo, sector layout, and defect management, etc.) is stored in the low-level format at the factory. This information is designed to last the life of the drive and therefore it is not possible to low level the drive outside the factory. Although some drive manufactures and BIOS provided so-called "low level format utilities", they actually perform a write-read verify of the drive?s user data sectors, and do not actually perform a low-level format. In the event of a corrupted master boot record or boot block virus, use FDISK /MBR command to restore the master boot record. If you need to low level format your hard drive then check the drive manufacturer and download such an utility from its website. Every drive manufacturer provides just such a utility.Click to expand...

If Seatools is like the other tools I have used. It would make a bootable floppy for you, with the program files and a batch file that will most probably start the program or give you a menu at the least. (Newer tools provide an ISO image to burn a bootable CD with the tools on it).

All you need to do then is to start the computer with the floppy disk in the drive making sure your computer is set to boot from the floppy first in the BIOS and follow the prompts.

Don?t interrupt the process, once it starts low level formatting, go get a drink, watch a movie, go for a walk or to the Mall, depending on your drive size this could take some time.

I don?t know th... Read more

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I want to do a clean installation of win 98 on a Toshiba Satelite Pro notebook. I have booted from a win98 boot floppy and tried to format C:/s but it terminates around 3%. I believe I need to do a low level format of the disk, but where can I get a DOS utility to do it? BTW, the bios of the Tosh does not seem to allow me to low level the drive.
I had a look on the Tosh website but they don't seem to have any utilities for this purpose. Any ideas?



A:Low Level Format?

Try to find the Manufacturer of the drive most have there own Utilities

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If I am not mistaking, most formats are low-level formats correct?
How would I go about doing a high level format?

A:How do you do a High Level Format

You are mistaken. A real low level format is only done at the factory. Unfortunately, the term LLF is thrown around a lot, but the closest you can do is to fill the entire drive with zero value bytes and do error checking of the drive, which isn't really recommended. There are utilities available to do that, if you feel the need - and there isn't a need, unless you plan on giving the drive to someone and you are worried they may try to recover whatever data you stored on it.

A high level format is the format you do whenever you format a drive on your PC.

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Ok, I talked with a PC tech friend of mine about my laptop that's been crashing. He says that I have a bad sector in my computer's hard drive and if I do a low-level format, that may take care of it. Otherwise I'll need to get a new drive.

He sent me links to several different low-level format utilities for different hard drive manufacturers and said to try that. Unfortunately my hard drive is a Toshiba and he didn't give me a link for a Toshiba, and now he is out of town so I can't ask him.

I googled "Toshiba low-level format utility" and found a bunch of links, but I don't know which one is best to use. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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i have a 20GB western digital HDD and i want to low level format it....
can some1 point me in the direction of a utility that will low level format my drive


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Where do I find a low level format utility?

A:Toshiba low level format

Is toshiba the name of the computer or the Hard drive?? If toshiba then try checking out their site for a format utility.

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I have a Seagate Baracuda 120GB SATA hard drive. Got it from a buddy at work who had an extra drive he said he started a low level format (why I don't know) so I tried to complet the format. ITs no at 54% on the low leve format. i started this at 5pm it is now 9:20pm EST is this normal or should I trash the drive. HELP :knock:

A:Low Level Format SATA


it should'nt take that long.My son has the same size hard drive and he was done in a very short time

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I did a low level format on an HP Pavilion 4540, but now when I put the recovery disk in and afterit ran about 1/2 halfway it stopped and said that some of the files could not be found in the archives. Whats up? Were there some files that were permantly stored on the HD? I have done this procedure on my HP Pavilion 6644f and have not had this problem.
Could someone please help?

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just a little prob here,anybody can teach me how to create low level format disk also known as G.Disk,where can i get that thing..?? it's very easy to format the new harddisk or old harddisk..plz..!!

A:How To Get Low Level Format Or G.Disk

I don't know what gdisk is but if you want to do a low-level format (aka, wipe or zero fill) try DBAN, Darik's Boot and Nuke. It's free and fairly easy to use.

I download and build the boot-floppy version. Simply insert the DBAN floppy, start the machine and follow the instructions. I choose the DoD method (read, Dept of Defense) and select "auto-nuke". Takes about 6hrs for an 80GB.

After that, your drive is returned to near-new condition. A great tool for selling or donating computers.

Caution: Disconnect any drive in the machine that you don't want wiped (if you have multiple drives). DBAN will wipe all drives simultaneously if you wish.

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Virus crashed my daughters hard drive. IBM-DJSA-220 Looking for the debug commands to low level format the drive. Any help?

A:Solved: Low Level Format

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is it possible to low level format one partition?

A:low level format partition

Look through the options with this utility-

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hello m new to this forum and this is my first post so sorry for any mistakes. so m here becoz my desktop is seriously infected by a virus which is not removing even after a clean format and reinstall.this virus doesnt let me install any antivirus i have tried avg,avast and bitdefender so far.also sometime ago i managed to run avast and avast also deleted all the viruses and also the scan completed with no virus found but after some days the windows started hanging up and started giving me bsods and same things started happening. also i ran malwarebytes which identified that virus as trojen.malpack.gen a exe file which changes its name everytime and also autorun.inf file (i tried deleting them manually but failed). malwarebytes didnt succesfully removed it. this virus doesnt let me boot in safe mode and gives runtime errors on many applications like 3ds max,logitech gaming software,ccleaner etc. and also it infects every usb drive i connect to it. my antivirus on laptop (norton internet security) detects it and deletes it so my laptop is not infected by it thankfully.also this virus makes many badsectors in my hard disk and thus makes my windows files and other important files faulty and corrupt and after some days or so the windows also stops booting(giving me lots of bsod's of corrupt windows files). so guys plz help me i wasted almost a month fixing it but failed everytime removing the virus
so far i have tried these things
1.) reinstalling windows xp pro
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A:HELP!!!!!! virus even after low level format! :(

I have never seen a virus cause bad sectors on a hard drive... There were virus's way back in the day (before hardware restrictions and modern firmware were in place) that caused hard drives to slam the head back and forth eventually destroying the drive.
I have seen one bios virus in all my time doing computer repair (the bios firmware was upgradeable in windows), I would recommend flashing the bios if this is the case and then repartition and format/reinstall the OS.
When you are reloading windows xp, are you using the disc that came with the computer? Is it a genuine windows xp disc?

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Hello guys,
I'm having problems with my hard drive. There was power failure during formating. After power was restored I tried to install win XP again and now, this time it takes very very long time to to complete it (more than two hours) and I cannot install XP because some strange errors like files cannot be copied and similar. I suspect that I have problem with hard drive and wonder if there are any way I can restore my hard disk in good working condition...

Thank you.

A:Low level format or something similar

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I've recently decided to do something about my 1TB of trash on an external hard drive I own. I've copied all the data onto two other drives, so this one is empty.

Now, I am considering performing a low level format (basically a 0-fill) on this drive, to erase all the data and restore it to almost-like-factory condition. To start clean, pretty much. Is that a good idea?

Also, to organize my data nicely, I was thinking of partitioning that drive. Two, maybe three partitions to separate some stuff. Is that possible/safe or external hard drives? I've never tried it, that's why I'm asking. I know it's pretty much impossible on flash drives.

Some information on the drive itself: WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 (USB Powered) 2-3 years old, good condition

A:External HDD Low Level Format | Partitioning

Wiping a drive that large will take a very long time possibly all day.
I doubt it would hurt the drive though but it maybe painfully slow to you,

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trying to reopen the closed: http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/841110-low-level-format-software-seagate.html which is closed after wrongly marked as solved

YES, I know that is a 5 yrs old thread, BUT, the above is the third link on Google if you look for seagate low level format, now, some "specialist" named TheOutcaste, say that is no such thing as LLF any more since mid 1990s, and that is cute, BUT WRONG !

I just recovered ... TODAY, 2 HDDs, one Hitachi 200G and one Samsung 160G, using their own software, BOTH SOFTWARE, MADE THIS CENTURY, and both having LLF in it, AND IT WORKED ... REALLY !
and, unlike the above user, I don't talk non-sense be cause I also use mhdd, and before LLF I had a lot of bad timing sectors (response time over 150ms) and after LLF, I got no sector over 50ms

sadly Drive Fitness Tool can test any drive but LLF only works on IBM-Hitachi drives, same thing with Samsung software

unfortunately there is no such LLF option in seagate software all I can find is "Disk Wipe" and that is NOT LLF, I tried both SeaTools and Disk Wizard

also (speaking about 90s), I'm kinda pretty sure that you need a program that is aware of the drive manufacturer, be cause until today I didn't believed in LLF, most of it be cause I saw it in some laptops BIOS, and there it was doing NOTHING ! (and again, we love ya mr. TheOutcaste, those laptops had multi-cores, so, no way they was around in the middle 90s)

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A:Low level Format software for Seagate ... REALLY NOW !

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My neighbor's laptop hdd seemed not to be working right, he had left the laptop in the closet for 2 years anyway, so it seemed not a loss to run a utility that might bring the hdd back [might not], so I started the low level hdd pre-format from a disc I had been given.

That was about a month ago, and the 250 gb hdd is still not done. Should it really take this long, or is the hdd totalled?

A:Low level HDD pre-format taking too long

What kind of utility are you using to format a drive? One month is way too long. Full format on 250GB drive should take a couple of hours at most.

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I just started to try to install W7 x64 on my secondary rig, but when the partitioning tool seemed unable to delete a couple of partitions on the disk, I resorted to several other tools trying to wipe the disk totally clean...including the MBR. I tried Seatools, but the best I could see, it wasn't designed for this purpose. I tried Hatichi's DFT, but it balked saying that I didn't have an HGST drive...whatever that is. I then went to Acronis Disk Director Suite, and simply created the partitions, because I didn't find a means of low level formatting.

For the W7 partition I chose an active partition and committed the operation, but while it seemed to complete the first part of the operation, it froze when trying to syncronize with the OS (I assume because there wasn't one).

I then started over with the W7 disk, but what it saw was a 100 GB logical partition for the OS (Which it would't accept), with the remainder, that I had not used DDS on, as an unallocated extended partition.

I tried to delete these, but it failed on the first partition, and on the other, the format and delete options were grayed out. The obvious question is how do I clean the HD of any trace of the previous partition data, so that the W7 installation doesn't throw a fit?

EDIT: I found that HGST stands for Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, so I guess they don't want it used on other drives, but that seems odd, because I had used it on some Maxtors in the past.

A:Low Level Format Prior to Installation

I would download gparted, burn the iso image and completely format the drive... Then reinstall Windows... get it -=> here

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I wonder if someone could help me. I have been told that a LOW LEVEL format
will get rid of a virus. Now I wonder if that is true and if so HOw do you go about a LOW LEVEL FORMAT??? I appreciate any ideas on this if you would please...


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Hi I made a stupid mistake and started low level formatting an external (USB) hard drive using windows 7 starter thinking it was a small partition on the laptop drive (I couldn't see the contents of the drive on windows 7!!). A few minutes into this process I realised I was formatting my external hard drive and pulled the USB plug. I plugged the external drive back into my old computer which uses vista and obviously I can't read this drive properly now (presumably because the partition is screwed up). I have heard that the low level format process should take a while (and I was trying to format a terabyte hard drive) so is there any way I can rebuild and recover some of the data on this drive?

I actually downloaded HDD Recovery and tried the recovery option but after scanning a 32GB (not 931GB) FAT32 partition, it tried to build a tree structure and came up with what seemed to be a bunch of gobbledygook. I actually found some documents and videos that I recognised but have not pressed recover as I can clearly see that it is a very small fraction of what I once had on the drive (I can only see very few word documents and media files, I was using about 680GB of the drive) and do not want to ruin any chances of recovering much more.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Low level formatting is not advised in today's hard disks.In modern drives, the first and last time low level format is done, it is done by the manufacturer at factory.The above has been posted by Romeo29(BC Advisor) in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic243674.htmlCan anyone please confirm that a Low Level Format is deadly in modern hard drives??

A:Low level format dangerous in moderns HDD's???

It's correct that a true low-level format , if anyone has access to a utility that will attempt to do this, is not appropriate for modern hard drives.

Two things are commonly called low-level formats. Firstly the original factory format, which creates the drive parameters, writes the tracks with servo markers etc, and then what is now usually called a zero-fill which is the empty state in which the drive leaves the factory with zero values for all contents in the user area.

Low and high level format is now used to distinguish between zero-fill, which returns the drive to the state it left the factory, and the operating system's file system format, which may or may not change the actual data content of the drive.

It is considered hazardous to use any older utility which attempts to do a true low-level format, because there's no certainty that the drive architecture will be correctly understood, and whilst the drive's controller may simply ignore wrong instructions, it could also "brick" the drive.

With the self-diagnostics and repair capabilities built into modern drives, there's no occasion to use anything beyond a zero-fill, which procedure triggers any pending maintenance operations to be implemented by the drive's controller.

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I've been encountering several problems with a large 2nd hard drive that I am trying to use as a slave for extra storage. I would like to eventually run a different OS on this drive and use it for my multimedia purposes while still keeping the C drive for internet and home office.
The problem is this...the drive is recognized as D: when it is hooked up as slave (jumper settings correct on both) and I try to format it from within XP it says that only 31GB are available. The drive is a 160GB Maxtor drive and I just formatted and partitioned it with maxblast 3 to have 2 80GB partitions. The drive has had several OS installations in the past and has encountered errors when copying files to it. I thought a low level format might do the trick but can not seem to get that to work.
I removed the primary drive (the one im using now) and set the 160GB drive up as master. I used the maxtor low level utility (MAXLLF) or at least tried to. I downlaoded it to a floppy and extracted the application on the floppy disk. I tried using the floppy at start-up but nothing happens except for the computer just restarting itself again and again. I tried setting up the drive as slave and booting the computer with the floppy disk but can't get it to run. What am I doing wrong? Could someone please explain the way to low level format or why the drive is only seen as 31GB's in XP? Thanks, James

A:Low level format and second drive problems

What were you trying to format the drive as?
You cannot format FAT32 partitions bigger than 32GB in Windows XP.

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Please send a link to a low level USB hard drive format program. I bought a USB 100 GB hard drive and didn't realize it was formatted for MAC computers. If I put a MAC OS on this drive can my IBM style computer somehow easily boot and run
MAC OS and software?

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1. Hi all , I had my hard checked with the maxtor power max utility and it produced a six digit error code. (maxtor says I have to low level my hard with power max utility)
During the last few weeks I formatted my hard more than 15 times. And there are lots of Bad sectors in it. (shows in scan disk)
Will it solve the problem ?

2. My computer @ the boot says xxxxx ultra 100 or something like that not installed because there are no drivers attached.
3. What is promise ultra 100 ide controller? I have the s/w for it in my mother board CD. Do I have to install it before the o/s install.
PLS HELP ME. I am very confused
thanks to all in advance.
My sys info
amd athlon 1000
asus a7v kt 133
diamond max plus d 740 x hard

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I helped a friend build a system around an EVGA (Nvidia) nforce 780i SLI motherboard with onboard RAID controller and 3 500GB hard drives in a RAID 5 array, running Windows Vista Ultimate x64. It was my second system build, his first. The system fired up with no real problems and ran fairly well for most of a year.

However, at one point the RAID array got out of synch. This happened once before and I was able to resynch and rebuild the array with no loss of data. However, the second time it happened I wasn't around to help and one thing led to another and the array was completely lost.

My friend is aware that his data is gone and won't be coming back; he didn't have anything that critical on the machine to begin with. I'm trying to save the hardware and reload Windows and the software from scratch. However, every time I try to reload the original Vista installation disk I get the blue screen of death. The error message says to make sure that there is sufficient room for installing Windows. I have tried reloading both in the RAID array and on individual drives with RAID disabled. I get further into the process using the array, but the installation eventually fails no matter what I try.

What I would like to do is a complete low level format of all three hard drives and wipe them clean, then restart the installation from ground zero. However, I can't find a way to do that from the BIOS. I can't get to any kind of a command prompt using the Vista ... Read more

A:RAID Corrupted - Need a low level format

1 Restart and enter the raid bios. Remove ALL drives from the raid array. Note each raid bios is a little different in how you do this task.

2 Select sata mode as either ahci or native ide; not raid. Save settings and restart.

3 Boot system with the hard disk maker's utility for checking the drives. You download this from whomever made the disks ie WD, Seagate, etc

4 After testing the drives, wipe them or write zeros to the drives. They are now in the same condition as when they were new excepting for physical wear of the drives.

IMO onboard raid is next to useless. If you want raid, then buy a real raid card. A quality raid card costs as much or more than your motherboard.

What kind of performance do you think you are going to get from onboard raid???

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I have been searching and reading for an hour+ and still haven't seen any thing resembling my problem.
My signature below will tell you about my systems. I did the low level formating of the AMD and now I cannot get Network Neighborhood on the desktop. Both machines are connecting to the internet so that is not a problem.
I "thought" I had good hard drive imaging on a set of burned CDs but when I went to restore my HDD after the formating, one of the CDs would not restore so now I am up the creek and trying to restore the AMD manually. I am making progress but have hit a snag with the NN thing. I believe my network on the AMD is correctly setup and with Netbeui protocols installed. I have
not bothered the external modem; nor the Linksys Router.
Any help sent my way will be welcomed. And, as usual, TIA.

A:Low Level Format/Network Neighborhood

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Hey guys I'm back (infected win 7 64 bit). I did DBAN, as well as Wipedrive, and the virus was up the very first time I opened IE after OS reinstall. As I mentioned I intend to upgrade the HDD but now I'm worried it's somewhere else and will infect the new one immediately. Any Ideas...If you need logs I won't alter the machine afterwards.

A:Low Level Format - Virus remains

You can close this...New HDD - problem gone.

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Through My Digital Camera I Pressed Low Level Format How Do I Recover Those Pics

A:Low Level Format On Memory Card

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

I have moved your post to the appropriate forum.

There is a programme available from HERE that might help you to recover you pics.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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Hello folks ,,,
i h a 30 GB Seagate U Series 5 : ST330621A ...HDD and i want to do a complete LOW LEVEL FORMAT on my HDD.
I tried to get the software for the Seagate website ,,but couldn't find one.... (except for installation n use manual manual ) i think i h few to many bad sectors in ,my HDD.
The main reason beign i hvn't tried this LLFormat n whenever i try to do full format from Win xp CD it gets stuck n doesn't proceed further, so every time i just do quick format wiht NTFS extension, (Windows xp wont write on any bad sectors)
This problem of bad sector started when one friend gave me a pirated Winxp Vista version, that has Vista like features but runs Win xp, now i m using a Genuine Winxp i though what the hell its original n wont give any problemClick to expand...

so i want to wipe everthing out n start from scratch. I h heard of few names like HDD wipe , KillDisk etc.... Can someone suggest me some fine ware which is absolutely 100% safe n easy...( which u urselves h tried out )

i can do basic thing in command prompt,,,,,but every Bootable Ware has its own command,,that i can manage...
Can someone suggest me something ,,,,

A:Solved: Low level Format software for Seagate:

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I need a free low level format utility fo a Toshiba laptop drive.
Does anyone know if the Hitachi DFT tool, Maxtor Maxblast, Seagate
SeaTools, or any other software that I can use to zero out this drive?

A:Toshiba Notebook Drive Low Level Format

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Dear Tech-friends,
I have a simple question for you. I want to do a low level format to clean my hard disks to remove any malware that might be on it. But I am not sure whether I can then still install a clean version of Windows 7 from my Q-disk,
a separate part of the disk where it is installed to prevent infections from outside. I did the  same thing as a test with a usb-stick with Active Killdlsk and after that I couldn?t format the stick with the inbuild Windows high level format program.
I think I can still install Windows after the low level format but I just want to be sure, I don?t want to buy a new latop yet. Any ideas what low level program I can use best? HDD Low level format tool only provides the option of cleaning the whole disk.
And if you also might know a good high level format program, don?t hesitate to inform me about that as well.

Thanks for your help in advance.


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I've been trying to format my maxtor 6Y200PO 200gb hd to get the full size. I went into disk management and deleted all of the partitions (Mixed Windows and Linux). The problem now is that it only shows up as 127gb instead of the full. I've made sure that large hard disks are enabled in windows. Further I tried using Powermax v 4.21 and performing a low-level format. The problem is that it fails and tells me to contact Maxtor. The problem is that they hard disk is about a year and half old, so I'm guessing it is past its warranty date. The error message was:
- Maxtor code: de99a46d
- Model 6Y2000P0
- Serial: Y63JJHQCE
- Firmware: YAR41BW0

Is there anything I can do to fix this or should I just put up with the 127gb or maybe bin it?

Thanks for your help.

A:Unable to perform low level format of 6Y200PO

I doubt its past its warranty, I thought those had 3 or 5 year warranties. You can go through the RMA process and that will tell you whether its warranty is still good.

Why did you need to try low level format? Does it pass the SMART tests? I think your drive is fine, that 127 gig sounds fishy because that number is the limit for size in Windows I believe without some update.

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I did a clean install of windows 7 ultimate after my laptop (g60-120us) got infected with a virus.
I kept having problems with the laptop not restarting on it's own when that option is selected in the shutdown menu or after an update, so I have done numerous clean installs in trying to solve the problem.
When this problem occurs, I have to manually power down the laptop and press the power button again to restart it as it just gets hung up endlessly...I've had this problem ever since I've purchased this laptop.
It occurred first when I tried to upgrade the graphics driver from the nvidia site, and then again when installing windows updates.
The only way I've been able to solve the problem has been to do another clean install.
Because of this problem and numerous update failures, I've probably done 6 or 7 clean installs over several days to try to solve the problem, but after the updates, the problem returns.
It was suggested that I install the updates one at a time to isolate which update is doing this, but this is not a reasonable suggestion as there are over 80 individual updates not to mention sp1 when doing a clean install.
During one of the many clean installs, the laptop went into a check disk procedure where it repaired some files and attempted to recover bad sectors.
Now when I boot up, I get the smart failure message saying imminent hd failure and press f1 to continue.
I've heard you can disable the message in the bios, but I cannot... Read more

A:smart failure options - low level format?

you can install updates let's say 10 each time. check if restart work fine. If you find the 10 possible problem patches, can do a system restore prior to installing thos 10 patches. Then install just 5 of them and test again. etc

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Recently I decided to upgrade the internal hard drive of myThinkPad T450s to a Crucial MX300 275GB SSD. I wanted to start afresh with the SSD, so I decided to re-install the operating system with the Windows Recovery Media I have downloaded from Lenovo's Support website (https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/lenovorecovery).When trying to create a bootable USB drive with the USB Recovery Creator tool, the program copies the files successfully, but says failed validation after reaching 100% validation.I tried to install the OS on the SSD anyway. On booting up the recovery program, after allowing it to format all drives, the program stops saying "Product Recovery Failed".I'm not sure as to whether it is the SSD or the failed validation that is causing the problem. The digital media was untouched, I kept the files exactly the way I received it. And I have restored the system before with the exact same RMF as before, and it completed the process successfully. Then I've decided to restore the recovery media to the original HDD the product came with, and that fails too. I don't know why that is happening. That means the SSD is definitely not the problem.

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Hey guys, my T450s 's harddrive is starting to give me problems and I am thinking about replacing it. My plan was to [1] backup all data externally, [2] replace the HDD, [3] recover OS and system setting with the recovery disk and [4] reload my externally-backed-up data. However, my concern is that I am not sure where the recovery disk is located, and my worry is that by replacing the HDD, I would have removed the recovery disk too. (In which case I may need something like Acronis to capture an image). Does anyone know if the recovery drive is tied to the HDD? Below is my laptop configuration: Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.70GHz)? Windows 7 Professional 64 preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro? Windows 7 Professional 64 preinstalled through downgrade rights in Windows 10 Pro English? Security Chip Enabled? 8GB DDR3L-1600 4G Base+4G (1 SoDIMM)? 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5"? 16GB M.2 Solid State Drive Single? 3rd M.2 SSD slot Thank you


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A:T450s can I replace my HD while still keeping the recovery disk

Hello and welcome,
I wrote up something about that ... a  long time ago.  Should still apply:
ThinkPad T450s: SSD migration & OS Installation: Clean, Clone, and Recover

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Hi, I would really appreciate ANY assistance in solving this problem.

It started about a week ago when I was online and my PC rebooted on it's own, as if someone hit the RESET button. No problem, got back into Windows. Apon startup, I clicked my start button and saw that my Shutdown and Logoff buttons were missing, I hit CTRL+ALT+DEL... I received some error that the Administrator has restricted my rights and cannot access this area, the same error popped up when I tried to access the windows RUN menu, the same error applies to the Task Manager. I also noticed that my software firewall, Sygate and anti-virus NOD32 was not loaded, as normally it should have been loaded.

I managed to give myself permission to access Task Manager and Shutdown buttons by going to the Command prompt and typing 'gpedit.msc'.

I connected to the internet and after a few minutes, I checked Sygate's Firewall traffic Log, and noticed that Explorer was trying to broadcast to hypnosly2001.no-ip.info (, I blocked this IP address and completely blocked Explorer and Internet Explorer from accessing the internet. Only using Firefox now, Firefox has also attempted to broadcast to this IP number aswell as www.in-t-e-r-n-e-t.com.

I tried virus scanning, Ad Aware 2007, I virus scanned with F-Prot for MSDOS, by booting in with a bootable MSDOS USB flash stick. Found no problems or infections.

I decided to just format my hard drive using SeaTools, did a low level format and re-... Read more

A:'Spyware/trojan' remains even after low level format of hard drive

I ran SuperAntiSpyware, ComboFix, SmitFraudFox, SD Fix as mentioned in other parts of this forum, but my problem still persists. Yes, these apps removed a few items, some tnCore or something trojan. But Explorer and FireFox are still trying to broadcast to the above mentioned IP address whenever I am connected to the internet.

Please help... thankyou!

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