Free software for lowlevel formating

My new hard drive crashed yesterday while I was trying to format the second partition.
Now, not only can I not boot it up, but I get a hard drive failure, and the computer locks before it can boot from the CD-Rom.

I'm pretty sure if I do a lowlevel format, that will fix the drive.

I'm looking for good links for free software that will do low level formmating and diagnostic.


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rindiCommented:
As mentioned in the other thread, the UBCD contains most of the Harddisk manufacturer's utilities which usually allow a lowlevel format or zero-fill of the HD's. Maxtor's powermax tool works with non-maxtor disks too.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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Dushan De SilvaTechnology ArchitectCommented:
You can have this option in BIOS.


IF you loosed any data you can recover those with getdataback.

Best is getdataback
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21791572.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21771157.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Q_21792256.html
Try with getdataback.

http://www.runtime.org/


BR Dushan
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AxterAuthor Commented:
I just tried the diagnostic utility in the Maxtor web site, and it seems the drive has a physical failure, which can not be corrected via lowlevel format.

Thanks for the links
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rindiCommented:
your welcome
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