Benefit of zero-out erase on older hdd in newer MacBook?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by davidg4781, May 17, 2012.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

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    I bought a newer MacBook and plan to put my larger hdd in it when I install Lion.

    I read there are some benefits to doing a zero-out erase before installing an OS. Is it really that worth it? It's a 750GB drive and will take forever. I don't want to wait that long to play with my new Mac.
     
  2. Vizin, May 17, 2012
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  3. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! Didn't think it'd take this long to back up everything though. May go to bed and just get up early tomorrow to finish the job.
     
  4. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    The advantage is, that the drive firmware can find and mark bad blocks on the HDD. Bad blocks are normal, but dangerous. If a part of a file, or worse, a part of the file system is within a damaged block, you could lose important files. So take the time to zero out your fresh or used HDD.
     

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