Should it take 2 days to write zeros to HDD?

By SFFour ยท 6 replies
Feb 25, 2010
  1. I'm only a little bit computer literate. I've never really put forth any time to studying these things. I pretty much learn by troubleshooting problems as they appear. Anyway...

    I was having computer issues, ran a hdd diagnostic, reallocated sector count below theshold. From what I gather that means the hdd is pretty much done for. No biggie, I'll get a new HDD. But before I pack the old one into a box, I want to write zeros through the drive. I've got everything off it I need and don't want to risk somebody else getting something off it I don't want them having.

    I'm using WD's diagnostic tool and it's estimating that it will take 43 hours to do a full erase. I did a quick erase and it took less than 10 minutes. Is that normal?
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

    Take the HDD apart, that's always fun to do. When your done messing with take a hammer to the platter
  3. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    Drill Press

    We take a drill press to our dead hard drives. Securely overwriting takes an eternity
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    While I don't know exactly how long it takes, your 2 days doesn't surprise me. Do what the others say and physically destroy it if you are concerned about the data.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    and just think ... you get to take your frustration out on Windows.

    leave it in the closet and whenever you feel persecuted -- do it again and again and again :)
  6. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    o_O, thats a very good idea!
  7. Frosty21

    Frosty21 TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Attach a strong magnet to it, it should corrupt the data big time!
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