Disk Utilty Concern

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by TyleRomeo, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2002
    New York
    Does selecting zero all data actually make the hard drive unusable or does it create the cleanest repair of a hard drive?

    Has anyone tried this?

  2. TyleRomeo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2002
    New York
    here's a pic to show what i mean

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  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    It's like a full format, it COMPLETELY wipes the drive. The drive is still usable after.
  4. jonapete2001 macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2003
    This is more than just a full format. This what one does if he wants to wipe the drive completely so nothing can ever be retreved. It takes a long time to do unless you have a stuborn virus or are selling it, it is pointless to do. it is used so no one can EVER get anything off of it. It actually sets all the data points on a hard drive to zero.

    I believe a normal format only erases the drives table of contents.
  5. idea_hamster macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2003
    NYC, or thereabouts
    Zeroing will leave the drive "usable" in the sense that it will be a formatted blank volume ready for you to store things on. It won't have an operating system or any useable or recoverable information left. (As an aside, if you're really paranoid about info being recovered from your wiped drive, I've heard that some folks over-wipe three times -- I suppose that's the IT equivalent of "where's Jimmy Hoffa?").

    When you say "repair", zeroing will fix software issues, but only those that were caused by mis-written data blocks -- plus, if you don't have an uncorrupted version of whatever you want to fix, you may be out of luck. What zeroing won't do is fix portions of the disk that have gone bad. That's an issue with the drive surface (caused by a bit of oxidation, a little head contact, a bad jolt, some dust, etc.) where info can't be stored/retrieved.

    Bad disk areas can be benign -- just a bad block. However, they can be a symptom of something that will eventually cause more damage. Use a utility that checks for bad blocks. If you seem to have an increasing number over time, consider a new drive. Installation into a G4 is a do-it-youself-er, as long as you're not that kid pushing on the pull door to the School for the Gifted...;)

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