Portable HDD Low Level Format Tool
Formatting the hard disk is sometimes required. Some scenarios that ask for this action are reinstallation of the operating system, changing the file system or selling your computer/hard drive. Portable HDD Low Level Format Tool is a nice application that was designed to erase, format and re-certify various hard disk drives.
The program has a very simple interface that is easy to figure out, despite the fact that it doesn’t stand out aesthetically.
When you launch the app, it provides a list of all the disk drives connected to the computer, regardless of their interface (SATA, IDE or SCSI). These entries include the BUS type, disk model, firmware, serial number, LBA (logical block addressing) and total capacity.
Once one of the devices is selected, you may move forward. The app lets you view further details regarding the drive, as well as S.M.A.R.T attributes. The low-level format tab enables you to launch the process. During this operation, all data is irreversibly removed from the computer.
Alternatively, you may have the program perform only a quick wipe, which only removes the partitions and MBR (Master Boot Record - the boot sector located at the beginning of partitioned storage devices).
This is a portable app, which means it can be stored on a flash drive or firewire external drives.
All in all, Portable HDD Low Level Format Tool is a nice program that can come in handy every time you want to remove all data from the hard drives. Inexperienced users should find it easy to figure out, thanks to the intuitive layout and the app’s overall simplicity.