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Old 03-03-2010, 12:28 PM   #1
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I have started a clean install of Windows 7as it had become desperately slow. I run Norton 360 and am not aware of an attack, but the machine would take an age to boot and to open IE8 and other programmes. I had installed the 64 bit version but found that some apps wouldn't run on this (Adobe Pagemaker Pro 8), and therefore decided to start again.

I have downloaded and am running Killdisk, telling it to do a single pass of zeros, and it is telling me that it has reached 8% after six hours, and has a further 75 + hours to run! The drive is a 400Gb Samsung, which I believe to be ok, as I've never had any problems with it.

Having read other posts, I suspect something is wrong. Any ideas???
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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Did you run any diagnostics on the drive?
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400 gig should take 10 -14 hours
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:11 AM   #4
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I didn't run any diagnostics before starting the process (which now has 52 hours left to run!), but I'm beginning to wish I had. I'm reluctant to stop it now in order to do diagnostics (I'd let it run for 15 hours before stopping it, thinking I must have chosen an incorrect setting, before starting it again), but I will once it's complete. Can anyone recommend where/what diagnostics to run on a Samsung drive?

Also, for a low-level format such as this, I'm guessing (hoping) it's not something to do with my BIOS or motherboard settings, which might explain why it was slow and clunky in the first place. I'm not aware of having changed anything (could a malicious attack affect this level??), but of course, I can't check them for another 52 hours....
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https://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#samsung

See this for how to make a bootable cd
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:31 AM   #6
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I had the same problem with a Hitachi 1 TB internal hard drive. I think the problem is the MS-DOS version of the software can't handle drives this large efficiently.



After a couple of days and still only about 30% done I installed Windows on another, smaller drive I had wiped with KillDisk dos version. Then I installed the Windows version of KillDisk and ran it on the 1 TB drive. Time to wipe was a little over 3 hours.

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