Reformat -- New and Secure?

  spuds 12:25 01 Dec 2010

Perhaps a silly question, but if a drive is reformatted, can there still be traces of a 'problem' hidden on the hard-drive, that might come back and cause problems?.

When I have cleared downloads off the computers previously, I have used Revo Uninstaller, which seems one of the best 'cleaning' programs, especially for removal of the 'hidden factors'.

  MAT ALAN 12:40 01 Dec 2010
  proudfoot 12:42 01 Dec 2010

I believe reformatting a drive removes all previous files etc. as far as most individuals are concerned, but the data etc can still be recovered using specialist software.
A better solution is to use software like Eraser that can be set to overwrite the drive multiple times with random 0s and 1s.
If you are really worried about your data and you are disposing of a PC, use MkI hardware to destroy the HD.

  MAT ALAN 12:42 01 Dec 2010

click here

might help as well

  spuds 13:01 01 Dec 2010

Some good information in the two links, and the problem might seem to be in the Quick format process?.

I will check the drive with the second link suggestion.

Using Hebron before reformat, the drive can back as no bad sectors, so a second opinion using another method is worth a try?.

  spuds 13:10 01 Dec 2010

I do not want to dispose of the hard-drive, but want to use it 'after having a few problems', and eventually having to do a complete re-format of the computer. Some 'problems' still seem to appear or are present after the reformat or repair via XP.

With regards to Erasure, I have used this in the past, but I now have a more commercial product available, which I have yet to test.

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