Disc Formatting tools

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  1. Mak 2.0

    Mak 2.0 Mod...WAFFLES!?!? Staff Member

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    Here are several tools that you can use to format your drive for any reason.

    Kill Disk

    GParted

    Boot and Nuke

    Acronis Disk Director

    PowerMax

    Now most of these are free. Acronis is the only one that is not. You can use these tools to format your hard drive. Some fo them like GParted also allow you to work with your partitions.
     
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    Nice thread, Mak.

    Here's another tool:
    * dd for Windows

    It's a dos port of the famous unix dd program, which lets you do really amazing and powerful stuff with your MBR and bootsector, including wiping them free of data. Only downside is.... it's very powerful and a tad complicated :)
     
  3. Mak 2.0

    Mak 2.0 Mod...WAFFLES!?!? Staff Member

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    Well after seeing all of the questions asked about Disc killers i figured this would be a good place for them to start. :)
     
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    mqudsi Mostly Harmless Staff Member

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    I'm sure it'll help.

    There were a couple of other MBR tools I used to use before I became proficient in dd, I'll post them when I remember their names :lol:
     
  5. Toaster

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    Old thread gets re-lit :joy:

    Anyway Hi :) so I joined up to get some info on AKD is it free as just the other month I went to download it from the same link and it wasnt free, well it was but not a full version as you couldnt change the options for how many passes and yet you can now, does anyone know when this change took place.

    Cheers
     
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    mqudsi Mostly Harmless Staff Member

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    Hi Toaster, welcome to NST.

    You can still grab the free version here or here.
     
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    Hello mate, cheers for the links, so do you know if this cans et the passes upto 7 times, whats the difference between paid for and freebie, any ideas?

    Cheers

    Edit: Aaah found the difference the freebie only does 1 pass.
     
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    I think it does have that option, though I haven't tried it myself.

    Differences between free and paid:
    http://www.killdisk.com/
     
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    Sorry mate I just posted aswell :?? :D
     

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