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HDD Low Level Format Tool for Windows

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Key Details of HDD Low Level Format Tool

  • Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive
  • Last updated on 02/03/19
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 1 flag on VirusTotal badge_icon

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Editors' Review

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HDD Low Level Format Tool - Works with any type of drive

First off, the HDD Low Level Format Tool is versatile. It's designed to work with pretty much any type of hard drive or flash drive you can think of. Whether your drive connects via SATA, IDE, SCSI, SAS, USB, or FIREWIRE, or it's a memory card accessed through a card reader, this tool has got you covered. Its user-friendly approach means that you don't need to be a computer expert to use it. 

It's made for Windows users, supporting a wide range of versions from XP through to Windows 11, including various server editions. This makes it a handy tool for a wide audience, from personal users wanting to wipe a drive clean to professionals preparing devices for new data. When you open the program, it's all very straightforward. 

There aren't any confusing tech terms or a bunch of complicated steps. You just pick the drive you want to fix up and let the tool do its thing. But don't let the simplicity fool you. Underneath, the tool is packed with powerful features. It does more than just basic formatting. If you need to completely erase a drive, including all partitions and the master boot record (MBR), this tool can handle it. This is crucial for ensuring that a drive is truly clean, with no remnants of old data lingering behind. 

It's free for home users, though there's a cap on the speed of formatting. If you need more speed, a small fee lifts this restriction. And if you're in a professional setting, there's a commercial license available. Once you've purchased it, all future updates come at no extra charge. 

Bottom Line

Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive. It works with all sorts of hard drives and flash drives, whether they're connected by SATA, IDE, SCSI, SAS, USB, or FIREWIRE. It can even format memory cards if you use a card-reader. The tool is user-friendly and if you're using Windows—anything from XP up to 11, including various server versions—this tool should work for you. It's a good choice for anyone needing to completely clean a hard drive or flash storage.

What's new in version 4.40

  • Version 4.40 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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Full Specifications

February 5, 2019
Latest update
May 10, 2024
Operating System
Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 10, Windows Server
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Developer's Description

Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive.
HDD Low Level Format Tool is a freeware utility for low-level hard disk drive formatting. This small program will erase, Low-Level Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive. Will work with USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures. Low-level formatting of Flash Cards is supported too. Low Level Format Tool will clear partitions, MBR, and every bit of user data.