I heard that if I go to my Hard Drives Manufacturer's website they (online) can reformat my Hard Drive?
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If you literally want to start from zero, go to your Hard Drive manufacturer's website and look for a hard drive utility that will write zeros to your hard drive. If you want to meet Department of Defense standards... run it seven times.
This is qite different from a proper format which sets up your tracks and sectors for recording on. What you are discribing is the process that you can perform when you want to dispose of your Hard Drive and make it unreadable.
Even after a format your data can still be read by others who have the right software. But filling the drive with zeros will overwrite the data with zeros and therefor making your data unreadable. I hope this makes it a bit clearer to you and you understand the process better.
I understand the process but thought from reading what was posted on the forum (original thread) that I could re-format online. If this is not possible as "pamy" suggests, any idea what software I could use to re-format my hard drive?
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I think you are referring to a low level format. A few manufacturers provide downloadable utilities to do this, but I would suggest you only use the one from your HDD manufacturer, not anyone else. You certainly can't do it online.
Why on earth do you want to do this ? The fact that you can do it doesn't mean that you need to. Reality check please.
If you want to format you disk so Windows can use it, then use Format. If you want to secure wipe the free space there are lots of shredder programs to do this, for example before selling the computer.