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HDD Low Level Format Tool

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great. "Free" version is useless but it's only $3"

    December 27, 2013  |   By sknoof

    Version: HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.25

    Pros

    Easy to use, does the job well, good feedback to user. Fine even for a novice. That is, IF you pay the three dollars. The paid, licensed version did a low-level format on a 320Mb drive, connected via USB 3.0, in just under two hours. Fine by me. Works great!

    Cons

    The free version starts running at a perfectly adequate 30Mb/second. Yes, they tell you that the licensed version (a VERY cheap $3) is faster, but they DON'T tell you that, within seconds, the free version slows down to a virtually useless *THREE* Mb/second. Come on. That's ridiculous. Especially when the license is so incredibly inexpensive.

    Summary

    I think the reviewer whose review is headlined "CRIPPLEWARE" was being more than a bit harsh with his one star. I'd give 'em one star for ATTITUDE, yeah, in regards to the deliberate crawl-speed of the unpaid version. That's no way to sell a product which is actually very good and ridiculously inexpensive. But the paid version works great. I would have given it a full five stars if not for their annoying "marketing tactics."

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it says on the tin!"

    October 18, 2013  |   By schismrule

    Version: HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.25

    Pros

    Nice and simple to use.
    The full "Uncapped" version is very cheap at $3.30
    Has done a good job formatting many of my drives
    Also gives you basic SMART and device details so you can save having to use seperate tools.

    Cons

    I have not come across any as yet.

    Summary

    The free version is capped at 50MB/s, personally I feel this is fast enough for personal use e.g. formatting the odd drive now and again which is exactly what it is for.

    If I was using it commercially and formatting drive after drive, speed would probably be important to me and then certainly the paid "Uncapped" version is what I would go for.

    Remember speed issues are very likely due to your hardware, or limitations in your chain from the software to your drive, remember it will only run and the speed of the slowest part of the chain. Also if you are using the free version and not hitting the 50MB/s cap there's no point buying the full version as you will not get a speed increase!

    for example when I am formatting a drive using my SATA to USB adaptor it runs at a steady 27MB/s which is all the cable will handle, no doubt with better hardware or using the SATA connector directly to the motherboard I will get better speeds but the 27MB/s cap is fine for my occasional use and the convenience of the USB connection.

    The software is simple to use, simply make sure your HDD is attached and launch the software, you will see your attached hard drives listed. Make sure you select the correct hard drive! as once you have started the formatting your data will be erased permanently.

    Select low level format from the top tab and hit the FORMAT THIS DEVICE button, you can also select the checkbox to do a quick wipe but this will not give you the same security level as a full wipe so if removing the data complexly is important to you do the full format.

    You get some nice accurate stats of percentage complete, speed and the Current sector while it is formatting so now just sit back and relax.

    Once its complete you will need to initialize the drive and create partitions before using.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good Program, Works as Advertised"

    October 2, 2013  |   By TazzyOpz

    Version: HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.25

    Pros

    My 500GB Western Digital Hard Drive was not bootable after some corruption... And after running HDD Low Level Format Tool. It is now fixed. I used the free version although I can definitely see buying the full version for just $3.00 would be well worth it.

    Cons

    I have used the tool a few times and have yet to have any complaints about it.

    Summary

    Great Product, If you are looking to fix a corrupt USB or Hard drive I'd definitely try it out. It can't hurt.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crippleware"

    May 26, 2012  |   By arbuthnot-darjeeling

    Version: HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.25

    Pros

    Small size quick download - probably does what you want if you pay for a licence but I won't test that

    Cons

    At first sight seemed just what I wanted, but too late I noticed the free version is crippled to run at the speed of a dead slug. Starts at 30mb/s then drops to 3mb/s. In other words, six hours after I started a format, it had done 4% of the drive. In practice, useless. I should pay someone who treats me like this?

    Summary

    Deceptive download, free version is crippleware, useless in practice

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