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Old 11-13-2010, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

I am using Darik's Boot and Nuke application to erase a 2 TB western digital SATA drive. It is taking FOREVER...... as in 5 days.

I have a 5 year old Dell computer.....P4, 2.8 Ghz. I connected it to this SATA drive by using an external USB to SATA adapter cable.

Is there some way to speed this up?

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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

A simple format would erase the contents of the drive. If you can hook the drive up to a computer and get into windows, you can right click the drive in Windows Explorer and format it. Just be sure that "quick format" is not enabled.
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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

i figure its so slow because of the "USB to SATA adapter cable" since its not native SATA connection. unless im mistaken
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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

That would make sense, but five days? How big is the drive? I think Darik's Boot and Nuke is over-deleting the content's of the drive...
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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

DBAN does a Department of Defense grade erase so it will take a very long time. You don't need that unless you are going to sell/give away the drive. If you just want to erase it, do a low level format on it.
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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

The hard drive I referenced at the beginning of this thread is 2 terabytes. I want to erase it and then keep using it myself. So I do not have any security concerns or anything like that. So perhaps DBAN might be the wrong application. Maybe it is overkill.

My hard drive has a few applications on it that are linux based. I want to erase all of that and then put a couple of new linux applications onto the drive.

Can I do this with Microsoft windows and my external adapter cable?

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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

Attach drive to computer, disk management, format.

My initial answer was going to be Microwave, but then you said you wanted to keep using it...

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Just do a Quick Format under Windows then. My Computer -> choose the driver, write click on it, select Format and and mark Quick Format and... get a cup of tea, add milk and half way through the cup it should be all over...
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I would encourage GParted.
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Default Re: What is the fastest way to erase a SATA drive?

Agree with mindover. If you're going to use it for linux apps then use gparted to format the drive to ext4.
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