The anal retentive can still zero the drive and install. It probably will look for a valid system before the erase then go into the installer when done automagically. Erase is erase whether it zeros or not, the drive is still erased.
Zeroing is an Erase option under Security Options. It doesn't hurt anything to zero a drive but I never do. I'm a cheap bastard and like to wring out my equipment, but if I suspect a drive is bad I get rid of it.
HDs constantly check for bad blocks when writing to the disk anyway. Blocks do go bad over time, if the drive writes out too many blocks and runs out of free space to remap the blocks S.M.A.R.T. will show not verified.
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Actually, doesn't writing zeros to the drive eradicate all data? Simply erasing just blows off the directory so that the data is still there - just not directly accessible. That data can come back to haunt you sometimes.
Actually, doesn't writing zeros to the drive eradicate all data? Simply erasing just blows off the directory so that the data is still there - just not directly accessible.
Yes, that part is true. The ones and zeros are still there.
That data can come back to haunt you sometimes.
That part is not true. If a drive can't over-write a one or zero, or if it is reading from a part of the disk where there is no directory entry, there are other problems with it, head alignment, controller stupidity, etc, that zeroing won't fix.
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