I'm about to rebuild a drive and the nature of its downfall is really disconcerting, and I have questions about wiping & reformatting.
The drive is a highly rated [by real people] Hitachi 100GB 7200rpm notebook drive.
I formatted it previously just letting windows do its thing [not quick format, just regular]. It ran fine for the user for about 3 months, then I get a call that it won't boot. Sure enough, windows was damaged to the point it wouldn't boot. I tried to reconstruct the clumsy way so as not to lose any important files but I don't like the result so I am about to totally nuke it and start from scratch.
Good smart people seem to disagree over formatting options:
1. "Low Level" formatting seems like a good idea, except that all drives are not the same so nobody seems happy with "one utility for all drives". But not all makers have, clearly, a "low level format" utility for each discrete class/type drive they ship.
2. If not low-level, is it wise to just let Windows 7 installer format the drive? Is there a better way to do it? Is the format utility housed under "Disk Management" identical to the one on the Windows 7 install DVD? If not, why not?
3. Is there, actually, some far/clearly superior 3rd party utility that is shown to render a superior drive format for installing the OS?
4. On a conventional SATA drive like this, is alignment necessary, and if so, done after the OS is config'd? or prior to?
ok... somebody educate me.