Simply reformatting your Seagate hard drive to wipe the data off it does not actually get rid of the data. There are programs that can recover data from a formatted hard drive, including deleted files. Seagate developed "SeaTools for DOS" for use on their hard drives which includes a utility called Zero Fill that is used to erase data by writing zeros over the entire disk drive. Download and install the program to run from a bootable CD-ROM or floppy disk.
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Restart the computer with the CD or floppy disk in the appropriate drive. The computer should boot from the CD or floppy disk. If not, adjust the boot order in the BIOS to access the CD or floppy drive before the hard drive.
Accept the "End User License Agreement" or EULA.
Select the "Advanced Features" tab along the top menu bar.
Select the "Full Erase" option to write zeros over the entire drive. This may take a few hours to complete.
Restart the computer to boot from the bootable CD or floppy disk.
Press "Y" to accept the terms of the "End User License Agreement" displayed.
Press "Z" to select the "Erase Drive" option.
Select "A" from the "Erase Drive" menu to write the entire drive over with zeros. This process can take hours to complete.
Tips and warnings
- Don't forget to back up all important data before performing this procedure.
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