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Re: diskpart's "clean all" hangs, no signs of HD activity

Rod Speed
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      06-12-2012, 09:32 AM
AndyHancock <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote

> I am following the instructions at
> to erase my entire HD before sending my laptop somewhere.
> In particular, I am issuing the diskpart command from a
> "command prompt at boot". I only have one HD on the
> laptop, Disk 0, and I selected it before "clean all". The
> above webpage says it takes approximately 1 hour per
> 300GB, and I have 300GB but it is still not done after 2 hours.
> However, I also note that the HD LED is not showing any activity.

> Has the process hung due to the fact that I am
> cleaning the same HD that I am operating from?

Nope, it should refuse to do that if it doesn't like it.

> Is it advisable to forcibly shut the machine down,


> then haul the HD out into an external enclosure so that
> I can use another computer to look/see what was erased?

Nope. Just use DBan to erase it instead.

> Will it hurt the HD to interrupt such a (possibly hung) erasing procedure?

Not if there is no led activity and not even if there was.

> I am running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a Toshiba
> Satellite Pro S750-008 (a.k.a. PSSERC-00800)

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