Home Learn Linux Linux Answers Enterprise I have a LaCie rugged drive which requires re-formating and I have been told by LaCie to "zero format" the drive. I would appreciate advise and help on this subject.
  • Why are they telling you this? Is the drive bad? Will it take a regular format? A low level or zero fill requires a utility from the manufacturer. It was something that was done on older drives to "refurbish" them when they showed too many bad sectors. I've never heard of it being done on modern drives and it certainly isn't anything to do with Linux.

    Answered by lewmur
    5 years ago
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  • You can zero fill the drive with the dd utility in nearly all Linux based distros, but it is a very long process and would be easier if you did it using the manufacturers utilities.

    Please report back if you really want to do a zero fill using dd.

    But I do feel that a full zero fill is unnecessary, to loose the included utilities and partitions assigned you should just be able to repartition the drive to remove the indexes to the known data.

    Answered by mfillpot
    5 years ago
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  • Zero format is most of the times unnecessary, maybe you only need to fdisk it and reformat as usual, add -C or command line option for checking bad sectors. Don't think you need something more

    Answered by ben
    5 years ago
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