Quote: Originally Posted by abandonhope
Following the tutorial on here I'm running diskpart command clean all on a 500gb HDD but I started it at 17.00 yesterday and it's now 09.15 today and the curser is still blinking.
Surely it should have completed by now?
What should I do?
The amount of time that you have quoted is very unusual.
Under the circumstances, I suggest:
Use Ctrl+C to terminate the command.
Try running again, but this time only use CLEAN without the ALL.
This will overwrite the boot area with zeros, thus eliminating malware from the boot sector and also making the disk appear as one large disk with no partitions or volumes defined.
If you are giving the computer or the disk to someone else, then a writing of zeroes to each and every byte is a good idea. A format does NOT write over the existing data and the data can be recovered.
Is this a USB disk? If not, then how many disks are connected? For what purpose will you be using the disk after the disk is cleaned?