Why do Disk wiping take long time to finish

October 12, 2010 at 18:26:08
Specs: Windows 7
I've tried to Wipe my Hard Drive a couple of times. The thing is I don't have enough time to wait for the Whole disk to be wiped completely and after cancelling the wiping process, it leaves the Hard Drive with less virtual memory. Does that mean that it's the same with the physical memory I've been wiping?

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#1
October 12, 2010 at 18:50:21
Just let it run overnight if necessary. I tried a disk recovery program on an external drive. Took ten days just to scan the drive. Computers are fast but not instantaneous.

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#2
October 13, 2010 at 08:58:10
Memory & hard drive storage space are two completely different things. Which utility are you using to wipe the drive?

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#3
October 13, 2010 at 09:30:25
Wiping a drive is different than formatting.

When wiped the drive is overwritten with zeros....from one to six times..making recovery of information impossible.... takes forever.

Formatting is quicker but information can be recovered.

Some wipe programs can render an older hd unusable and stopping a wipe process can also kill a hd.


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#4
October 18, 2010 at 14:13:20
I'm using Auslogics Boost Speed for disk wiping. After it finished for the third time, the amount of space that's left is the same as the amount I had after the first two failed disk wipings.

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#5
October 18, 2010 at 15:33:09
I think you need to confine Autologic Boost Speed to the rubbish bin. I am always wary of these programmes that claim to do wonders for your system in tweaking and tuning when in reality they do no more than a little knowledge and the facilities built into Windows can do for free.

If you are trying to free up space on your hard disk the best tool for that job ic Crap Cleaner.

http://www.piriform.com/

What Autologic Boost Speed is doesn't do is wipe the drive in the accepted meaning of the term.

Stuart


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