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#1 LeeM

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Posted 06 February 2003 - 10:59 PM

When and why it should/shouldn't be done?

#2 russofris

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Posted 06 February 2003 - 11:45 PM

Modern IDE drives should not be low level formated (some don't even have the capability to LLF). Use a vendor to re-zero the drive. IBM has DFT, WD has their DLT, and maxtor has their MaxBlast software.


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#3 Ralf Hutter

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Posted 08 February 2003 - 01:10 PM

I just "re-zeroed" an 80GB Barracuda IV before I RAM'ed it. Took about 10 hours.

#4 Ralf Hutter

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Posted 08 February 2003 - 01:16 PM

Well, if SR would let me edit my post I'd edit it to read:

"I just "re-zeroed" an 80GB Barracuda IV before I RMA'ed it. Took about 10 hours."

But I can't edit so I'll have to post this instead.

#5 freeborn

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Posted 08 February 2003 - 01:18 PM

I just "re-zeroed" an 80GB Barracuda IV before I RAM'ed it. Took about 10 hours.


What software did you use? I cannot imagine a fairly modern 80g drive taking more than an hour to complete a sequential write in udma mode 5.

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#6 Sivar

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Posted 08 February 2003 - 06:31 PM

Re-zeroing my WD1000BB (100GB WD drive) with dd takes, subjectively, about 1-2 hours.
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#7 russofris

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Posted 08 February 2003 - 06:47 PM

I just "re-zeroed" an 80GB Barracuda IV before I RAM'ed it. Took about 10 hours.


What software did you use? I cannot imagine a fairly modern 80g drive taking more than an hour to complete a sequential write in udma mode 5.

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It is entirely possible that the tool that he used was like DFT, where it writes a zero to a sector and then tries to read from it to determine if a sector is bad. A drive with bad sectors will take significantly longer than a good drive with these apps.

Thank you for your time,
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#8 Ralf Hutter

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Posted 09 February 2003 - 09:08 PM

I just "re-zeroed" an 80GB Barracuda IV before I RAM'ed it. Took about 10 hours.


What software did you use? I cannot imagine a fairly modern 80g drive taking more than an hour to complete a sequential write in udma mode 5.

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It is entirely possible that the tool that he used was like DFT, where it writes a zero to a sector and then tries to read from it to determine if a sector is bad. A drive with bad sectors will take significantly longer than a good drive with these apps.

Thank you for your time,
Frank Russo


I used Seagates' "Seatools" off a floppy. I was RMAing a brand-new drive that was vibrating like crazy. I don't know if it had any bad sectors or not.

#9 CityK

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Posted 09 February 2003 - 11:58 PM

I zero'd a 40GB Quantum FB AS recently, using WD's wdclear, and it took roughly an hour.

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