Free software for lowlevel formating

Posted on 2006-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
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.

Question by:Axter
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    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.
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    You can have this option in BIOS.

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

    Best is getdataback
    Try with getdataback.

    BR Dushan
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    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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    your welcome

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