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Hello, I bought a new toshiba laptop (core duo, 2gb of ram, all the rest) last night with a 200gb hard drive. I hate all the crap they always put on there, so I'm reformatting the drive and putting a fresh install of windows customized how I want it. I'm doing a complete erase and reformat (rewriting every sector to 0). How the heck long should this take? Its been going over an hour and clocks a remaining time of 15 hours!!! Is something wrong? Should I stop and just do a quick format? I want to play with my new toy!!!

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A low level wiping of a hard drive by writing any kind of data to every sector can take several hours. I have seen it take 2+ hours for an EIDE 80 GB drive on a desktop PC with a fairly fast CPU. Not sure if 15 hours is too much for a 200 GB drive on a laptop.

Do you have a purchased copy of the Windows OS you wish to install? If not, do the recovery discs that came with the laptop allow you to do a clean install of just the OS or do they only allow a full restore to original factory conditions?
 

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Thanks, I appreciate your reply. I decided to cancel and just do the regular format, next time I reinstall the OS (since its windows It'll probably be soon!) I'll do the whole every sector rewrite and set it overnight when I dont care how long it takes....
 

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oh, and yes I have the recovery disks, but there are several options on installing the factory or a custom install. I just thought it'd be best to do the sector re-write, i know its probably overkill on a new machine, but hey - overkill is my middle name!
 

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smatt79 said:
i know its probably overkill on a new machine, but hey - overkill is my middle name!
Naw, Overkill would be Department of Defense certified wiping the entire drive by filling with ones, then zeros, then pseudo-random random numbers three times. :D :D :D

When I first read your post, I was a bit concerned that your only OS recovery method was from a hidden partition on the HD and you were in the process of getting rid of it. :eek:
 
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smatt79 said:
Hello, I bought a new toshiba laptop (core duo, 2gb of ram, all the rest) last night with a 200gb hard drive. I hate all the crap they always put on there, so I'm reformatting the drive and putting a fresh install of windows customized how I want it. I'm doing a complete erase and reformat (rewriting every sector to 0). How the heck long should this take? Its been going over an hour and clocks a remaining time of 15 hours!!! Is something wrong? Should I stop and just do a quick format? I want to play with my new toy!!!

Thanks for your help!
I take it you are planning on slipstreaming your XP or Vista O/S to get rid of all of the crap that M$ dumps on you. I cut the size of my XP Pro almost in half by getting rid of all of the unnecessary stuff. My computer boots to desktop in 18 seconds. Slipstreaming is the only way to go!!
 
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