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Low Level Format for Toshiba HD

By pivotofjade ·
I got hit by a nasty virus and May compaq presario 900 notebook needs a low level format for its Toshiba HD. (Id like to just do a FDISK but that doesnt seem to work or I just cant get it to work... the HD is mechanically fine.) Unfortunately Im have a tough time as Toshiba doesnt proved such tools. I need to format the drive befor I use My Compaq QuickRestore recovery CD's to reinstall Windows XP.

any ideas?

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by softcorp.us In reply to Low Level Format for Tosh ...

Hello!

Questions and comments:

- What makes you think you need to do a low-level format? I would think a high-level format (Disk Management in a running XP system) would be all you need to do to get rid of the effects of a virus.

- If you have one, try booting from a Windows 98 diskette, run FDISK, and remove the partition(s) on the drive.

- The emergency boot diskette in 3rd party disk tools like Symantec Partition Magic (formerly PowerQuest) would help you here. You could boot from that floppy and reformat (high level) the drive. Do you have anything like that?

- Ordinarily, booting from a recovery CD should create the partitions it needs, deleting any that are in the way. Doesn't your Compaq QuickRestore recovery CD do this for you?

- Compaq computers usually have a "management partition" that you can boot from when you hold down a key during startup. Does yours have this? I don't recall the key you hold down.

I hope this is helpful...

-----Steve Jackson

CEO
Software Corporation (Softcorp)
http://www.softcorp.us

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by wcp In reply to Low Level Format for Tosh ...

Toshiba is the only brand manufacturer that does not provide any HD utility to general public.

Your best recourse is to use Debug command.
http://tinyurl.com/pa1x (click on Erase all HDD Information).

I use this so often, I created a batch file (Delpart.bat) so all I have to do is to type Delpart.

Originally I got this from Dell website (Document Number TT1011054 for more info). You may also use Clean1K.exe from Dell Resource CD. You need a Service Tag or Service Code to access Dell Knowledge Base. Or search from Google with keyword clean1k. From time to time, it is available.

Once you erased the HD, you may then use Fdisk to create partition(s) or use XP installation process to create and format the partition(s).

If you need more information or help, please post a comment.
(Delpart.bat) so all I have to do is to type Delpart.

Originally I got this from Dell website (Document Number TT1011054). You may also use Clean1K.exe from Dell Resource CD. You need a Service Tag or Service Code to access Dell Knowledge Base. Or search from Google with keyword clean1k. From time to time, it is available.

Once you erased the HD, you may then use Fdisk to create partition(s) or use XP installation process to create and format the partition(s).

If you need more information or help, please post a comment.

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by wcp In reply to

Pardon my mess. You may ignore some duplicated lines.

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by wcp In reply to

The Debug script will erase the HD, no matter how many partitions and file systems there are, in a second.

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by wlbowers In reply to Low Level Format for Tosh ...

Boot to a locked virus free windows 98 boot disk and format your drive.

Good Luck

Lee

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Re: Low Level Format for Toshiba HD

by onlineph In reply to Low Level Format for Tosh ...

I wonder if you have already succesfull LLF your toshiba hd.

I just LLF my own toshiba hd and i used the LLF format from www.hddguru.com. It works fine to me, though.

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