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Old 10-10-2016, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hi,
Can anybody recommend a program for low level formatting.
Gerry
 
Old 10-10-2016, 09:18 AM   #2
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Hi there,
Welcome to the forum, hope we can nudge you to the answers you seek
Okay, umm, define "low level formatting", please...
I found this in the Arch Wiki, of course, I dont know what distro you use...
Arch is pretty deep into the system and I suspect the instructions to be pretty universal...
Melissa

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Old 10-10-2016, 09:19 AM   #3
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There is no low level format for modern hard drives. What are you trying to achieve?
 
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:22 AM   #4
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Welome. There are some fancier utilities for partitioning and formatting. parted is one that you can run via the shell. gparted is the graphical equivalent.

There are others, too. What are you trying to do in regards to the disk formatting?
 
Old 10-10-2016, 01:25 PM   #5
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I normally use windows 10 but I would like to ubuntu 14.04 which I have loaded on my other machine.
I also have this hard drive which has lost all it's details. On plugging it into the usb socket it
shows Name: My Passport
Type: Folder (inode/directory)
Contents: nothing

Location: /media/gerry
Volume: My Passport


79.5 MB used
400.0 GB free
Total capacity: 401.1 GB
Filesystem type:


Is there anyway I can recover this hard drive.

Gerry
 
Old 10-10-2016, 04:29 PM   #6
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Hi Gerry, welcome to the forum

For personal use, DBAN also comes to mind.

Regards...
 
Old 10-10-2016, 04:55 PM   #7
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Is there anyway I can recover this hard drive.
Hi...

Ah, that's different. Take a look this page and see if any of the information there helps. For Windows (and if for personal use,) you can try Recuva.

Regards...

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