F-Disk Hard Drive

By gloptnitch ยท 4 replies
Mar 30, 2006
  1. I am going to wipe a drive with Win 2K on it and install Win XP. When I do this, I not only want to f-disk, but change the HDD back to all 0's like it is new. Anyone know which products do this?
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

  3. gloptnitch

    gloptnitch TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have f-disk before, but never changed back to 0's. Someone told me to start it when I go to bed and it SHOULD be done when I wake up.. does it really take that long?
  4. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Yes. It should take about 3 or 4 hours on an 80GB ide disk in a reasonable system.

    It takes a while.
  5. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Think of it this way. It is basically the eqivalent of writing an 80GB file to your heard drive. Every single bit has to be written. Or I guess in this case rewritten. That is a lot of data to deal with.
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