How do I low level format a hard drive?
I set up Lucid on a brand new 500GB harddrive. All went well. I was showing Ubuntu to a neighbour, using his workstation and simply swapping over boxes. Just as Ubuntu was booting up I turned away and when I looked back the neighbour was wet wiping his keyboard to clean it. I have no idea what command he managed to give to the computer but the Ubuntu splash had hung.
I decided to re-install after a couple of attempts to get it going.
The install process gets to the point where it is formatting the partition to ext4 at indicated 5% of the installation process complete. The red led showing hard drive activity flickers away...and away...and away. It has been chuntering on for a couple of hours now.
Is there any way to give the hard drive a low level format prior to partitioning?
Itch: Think Hula hoop, positive on top, negative on bottom, roll it. Is it a wave or a particle? Is it a photon? Is a photon a dipole? Are we all made of light!