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Old 10-11-2006, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a software I can use that will be able to format a drive WITHOUT burning it to a disk, 'cause I don't have any blank CD's, I only have some blank DVDs and I don't want to waste them on a small file. Thanks for the help.
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When you format a hard drive you dont burn anything to a disk.
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Old 10-11-2006, 06:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is there a software I can use that will be able to format a drive WITHOUT burning it to a disk, 'cause I don't have any blank CD's, I only have some blank DVDs and I don't want to waste them on a small file. Thanks for the help.
It was kinda hard to understand what you mean, but I think I figured it out.

You can format your disk using a Windows XP CD (boot from it).

Use the FORMAT command in the XP recovery console (you have to press R at some point to enter recovery console), or simply follow the instructions to install XP (you can choose to format first at some point).
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Actually, I was really looking for a software that will write my drive in 0's, sorry I didn't state that. I know I can use Windows CD, but I don't want to hassle with booting it up. I know I can format from within Windows, but it doesn't do the best job.
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Actually, I was really looking for a software that will write my drive in 0's, sorry I didn't state that. I know I can use Windows CD, but I don't want to hassle with booting it up. I know I can format from within Windows, but it doesn't do the best job.
Try @Active Killdisk or BCwipe. I never used them myself, but they are supposed to work.
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