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How to Zero Fill Maxtor USB Hard Drive?

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March 23, 2009 2:03:04 PM

I've got a 1TB USB Maxtor hard drive and wasn't sure how to zero fill it?

It got corrupted so wanted to give it a clean wipe.

I tried SeaTools for Windos but that did not work.

I have Windows XP 64bit.
March 23, 2009 6:40:11 PM

FieldMedic said:
I've got a 1TB USB Maxtor hard drive and wasn't sure how to zero fill it?

It got corrupted so wanted to give it a clean wipe.

I tried SeaTools for Windos but that did not work.

I have Windows XP 64bit.



grab a linux live iso like knoppix. boot it.
run shred on drive ( fills drive with random info).
you can kill shred after 1 pass ( default is 25)
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March 24, 2009 10:08:56 AM

Can I run something linux on XP? Never done it?

Is there not an easier way to do it just using a windows or Dos program?
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March 24, 2009 2:11:27 PM

FieldMedic said:
Can I run something linux on XP? Never done it?

Is there not an easier way to do it just using a windows or Dos program?


Knoppix is a a LINUX OS that will boot from a CD/DVD no matter what you have installed on your hard drives. One warning is that you choose the correct hard drive :) 
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March 24, 2009 2:22:18 PM

Thanks for clarifying that :) 

Will it work with USB hard drives?
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March 31, 2009 11:46:54 AM

anyone know if it works with USB hard drives?
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