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Nuked a HDD, do I need to reformat?

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Used DBAN to nuke a hard drive, using default autonuke. Is there a format left on the drive? From the factory?


I believe I need to partition, then format any space I wish to use.


Also, when I create partitions, on a hard drive, are they created as close to the outside tracks as possible or are partitions simply logical and data is physically spread all over?



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The drive still has data on it, it is just overwritten, to wupe out previously written data.


Yes, you would need to partition the drive. While Windoze calls it formatting the partition, it really isn't, it is just creating the filesystem on the partition.


Typically the partitions start on the inner part of the drive and continue to the outer tracks.


The files that are written can vary, but at the start it would tend to be at the start of the partition, but that can depend on the operating system that you are using and how they decide to write the data.

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