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5300cs
Feb 27, 2005, 01:07 AM
I'm doing a deluxe reformat on my PM G4 drive before I sell it. How long does it take to reformat with the write random data and zero out features enabled? I'm going on like 5 hours here for a 60gig drive ... is that normal?? :confused: :confused:

Blue Velvet
Feb 27, 2005, 02:02 AM
Yes. With both of those options enabled, it could take a verrrry long time.

I personally would have just gone with the zeroes. A new buyer is unlikely to have the curiosity & skills necessary to retrieve whatever fragments of data remain.

Try forgetting about it and doing something else with your day while it gets on with it -- a watched pot never boils.

5300cs
Feb 27, 2005, 02:11 AM
seriously THAT long?? It's not even half-way done!!

Guess I'll be leaving it on all night then :rolleyes: