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In the absence of further instructions, I'd partition the
disk and quick format it. Then I'd run something like 'RECUVA' or any other free DATA RECOVERY TOOL to see what it turns up.
If it finds and recovers nothing ... then you should be probably safe to get rid of it.
Let us know how it turns out..
PS...I use 'Wipe Drive' by White Canyon to 'wipe' drives.
How do I format it if I don't even see the partition on explorer?
Just a guess.
I've never done this so I am just assuming the process.
The hard drive is now not formatted, so it won't appear in Windows Explorer. But it should list in Windows' Disk Management. From there you should be able to select it, then format it.
Then, as suggested, use a utility like Recuva to make sure nothing can be found.
I'm also assuming you are using Windows. If so, head over to the Control Panel, Administrative tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
The drive/partition does not even show up on disk management, I tried that earlier. When I plug in the device, however, my USB safely remove program indicates that the drive has been plugged in. The drive also powers up.
I just do not know a way to format it.
I wonder why this company would be so vague with the instructions. It only take 5-10 minutes to write some simple directions.
Don't see any 'unallocated' disk space ?
As Mark indicated ...Windows 'Disk Management'..it's
What do you mean??
When you look under Windows "Disk Management"
do you see a drive (the external) indicating 'unallocated space' ?
Yes I see the disk now in allocated space. There is no option for "format." The options are convert to dynamic disk or convert to GPT disk
And you can or cannot see the drive under Windows Explorer ?
Your message is blank. What do you mean?
It was merely a question ....
"And you can or cannot see the drive under Windows Explorer ?"
But not knowing exactly how KillDisk works either ... or the exact status of disk at the end of the Kill Disk process ... I was trying to help you get to a point where you could access to the drive to check for any data residue using RECUVA.
Knowing the disk status under Windows 'Explorer' and Windows 'Disk Management' gives those trying to help some sense of the current status and possible options.
I think we're going off course here
Your intention was to wipe all the data off so you can sell the disk.
Well if Windows Explorer cannot see the disk, and Disk Management cannot format it, then it is most likely everything is gone for good. You have done what you set out to do.
If you want to know more about setting up an 'unallocated' disk, you could read through the Elder Geek's guidance in the link below;
It is not precisely the same as your situation, but the general steps are there, and you should be able to follow through what he has done to see how to prepare a disk.
Thanks for the response Mark, but I just can't seem to find the "Create new partition" option anywhere.
I figured it out.
Thanks for the help
The Solution (for anyone that can't)
Start / Control Panel / administrative tools / disk management
Windows Icon / Search bar type "Disk Management"
You should be asked via pop-up if you want to initialize the disk, do so with the selected option (not GUID), then it should also prompt you to format the disk, do so. If not, right click on the new disk and choose format. I recommend NTFS.
A rough guide as I've forgotten what exactly happened, but hopefully it'll help anyone else that used the killdisk utility.