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Low Level Format

This website describes:

  • past history and modern uses of the term Low Level Format,
  • application of the Low Level Format to modern hard drives and SSDs.

We also have developed Lowvel - a free tool to erase data irreversibly from various storage devices. Lowvel overwrites data with zeroes, i.e. performs so called zero-filling of a storage device. It should be noted that after such zeroing, neither a data recovery software nor a data recovery service can recover data off the device.

This site also provides references to the hard drive vendor-provided software you may need to diagnose whatever media you happen to have. Most of these software were designed to confirm RMA status for a drive.

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