sudo fdisk -l
sudo shred -v -n0 -z /dev/sdX
This does not zero out the drive like OP requested to do. Neither suggestion does anything of value in this scenario.In Windows you can do a quick format to NTFS, mount it to a drive letter, and then run a CHKDSK <drive letter:> /R on it from the command prompt.
It will take a while to run, but it will be a background process so you can continue to use the computer while it's going on.
This does not zero out the drive like OP requested to do. Neither suggestion does anything of value in this scenario.
Quick format will still allow for data to be recovered and chkdsk /r will attempt to locate bad sectors and recover readable information.
That works pretty well. Had a 1.5TB 7200.11 with same issue as OP. Interestingly enough it still did spin but sounded like a siren. Here's the actual drive.erase and continue to try and use? see 1st reply. erase and toss it? literally toss it as high as you can on to cement.
That will just delete the partition tables. That is good enough for 98% of the unwashed masses, but it is still possible to recover. I know, because I have done it when I accidentally diskpart'ed the wrong drive. That's another thing about diskpart... you better pay REAL close attention to what you're doing, it is very easy to royally screw up a wrong drive.Windows DISKPART, use "Clean All" instead of "Clean"
I'd love to agree with you. But they are too risk averse IRL. They would do something boring AF like a 3/8" drill bit in a cordless drill. You can pack that shit in your checked bags too, or hell even carry on.I figured the standard SOP of secret agencies would be thermite. Probably a fairly good option. Would also make a nice light show.
To write zeros to a drive on Windows:
Remember, be absolutely certain you've identified the correct drive to avoid accidental data loss.
- Open Command Prompt: Search for CMD in the Windows search bar and open Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Identify the Drive: Type diskpart and press Enter. Then, type list disk to identify your 1.5TB drive. Note down its Disk Number (e.g., Disk 2).
- Erase the Drive: Still in Command Prompt, type clean disk X (replace X with your actual Disk Number) and press Enter. This will clean the drive.
- Write Zeros: After cleaning, type format fs=ntfs quick and press Enter. This will format the drive with a basic NTFS file system.
- Verify: To ensure all data is overwritten with zeros, you can use a disk utility like DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke), which provides a straightforward way to perform this task.
[Footnote: genuine refurbished SSDs]