fujitsu hard drve format

I am trying to do a low level format or write ooo's to the hard drive to get rid of malware and virus's and ect. so I can do a reinstall of the os.......it is a fujitsu MHW 2121BH SATA hard drive and all I can find on the fujitsu and or tosiba web site is their fjerase dos program which I have used before and works fine on IDE drives but on this one it can't find the drive....thanks
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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DavidPresidentCommented:
You do NOT need to do a low level format.   You just need to write binary zeros to the entire disk.  If you were using a UNIX/LINUX box, you would just enter
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1024k    (assuming the disk is /dev/sdb  Obviously make darned sure you zap the right device)

You could also just download an Ubutuntu live cd that lets you run the O/S in RAM, let it discover your physical device and enter the command.  There are lots of things out there that can zero out a disk, but don't get hung up on low level formatting.  Nothing lurks in areas that are only erasable via a LLF
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Download the native erase utility by Fujitsu from here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/techdocs/fjerase.zip
Fujitsu HDD line is now owned by Toshiba so don't get mixed by link.

Note: This program works only with any Fujitsu Branded Toshiba IDE/ATA hard disk drives

This procedure performs a pseudo-formatting to the drive. It erases all of your previous data and reinitializes it to "00" pattern. By performing this task, you will be able to erase the whole user area including your Master Boot Record, Partition Table, FAT (File Allocation Table), and all the files and data it refers to. Use this program if you want to be sure your drive is clean.

Warning:
All the previous data will be lost when performing the 'Erase' task. Please backup all your important files and data before running this program.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
In other words it should work on your drive also if you pay attention to Note:.....
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CallandorCommented:
There are very few viruses that will survive a complete format of the drive, rootkits perhaps being the exception.  If you boot off a CD, you can be pretty sure it doesn't include malware, unless someone used an infected image.  A clean install from an OS disk is typically sufficient to accomplish what you want.
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chaim18Commented:
Low level format is not even possible on modern hard drives as the most important function of the low level format is writing servo data.  A true low level format would wipe out the servo data and render the drive unusable.  What you really want is a utility that will "fill" the drive with the pattern of your choice.  There are a number of these available for free, and better disk management programs also have this capability.  Check out Disk Redactor for instance at cezeo.com.
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