E - Write Zeros to Drive - Quick Erase
The Write Zeros to Drive Quick Erase option writes zeros to the drive, erasing the data in the first and last million sectors of the hard drive.
Note: Back up all data before proceeding.
- Boot to the GWSCAN media.
- In the GWSCAN menu, select option 1 to run GWSCAN.
- From the GWSCAN 5.12 - Data Lifeguard Diagnostics main menu, press the DOWN ARROW key to select Write Zeros to Drive, and then press ENTER.
- Writing zeros to the drive completely erases all data on the hard drive. After reading the warnings, press the Q key for a quick erase.
- The next screen displays a warning that proceeding with this option destroys data. To continue, press the C key.
- The first and last million sectors of data on the hard drive are erased.
- When complete, to return to the main menu, press the ESC key.
- Additional options may be selected at this time, or to exit the program, press the DOWN ARROW key to select Quit.
- Restart the computer.
Note: After writing zeroes, the hard drive is blank.
- If this is your primary hard drive, you can now reload the operating system on it.
- If this is a secondary hard drive, you must partition and format the drive for it to be accessible. Partitioning and formatting can be completed in Disk Management within Windows® XP or Windows Vista; or you can use the Fdisk and Format commands within DOS.