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    G73JW / Momentus XT 500GB/ SeaTools crashing while attempting to zero-fill drive/LLF

    Hi guys

    This is my first post on this forum and one of the first posts ever in any internet fora.

    I have a G73JW with Bios version 205 (Core i7, 6 GB RAM, GTX 460M) and a
    Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB HD-drive FW. version SD28.

    Just wondering if anyone has any input on the following problem that I am experiencing:

    I am using SeaTools for DOS ver. 2.23 (latest I think) and trying to use the zero-fill drive/Low-level format utility in this program. After a couple of minutes (anywhere between 2-15 mins. / 2-4 % completed) the program freezes/crashes showing a green window inside the program with the text
    "Thank you for using SeaTools for DOS. A list of test log files is........." ( the window ends with some gibberish symbols).
    The program does not respond and I have to power of the machine to exit.

    The same thing has happened during all my previous attempts aswell. I have performed FW update on the Momentus two times: original -> SD25 ->SD28. Same result with all versions. I have no idea how to complete the zero filling and I have tried finding solutions other places online with no luck.

    I am not sure if I am doing something wrong or if it is a HW related issue

    Anyone else experienced this or have a soulution/input?

    Any help appreciated
    Thanks in advance

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    It's been awhile since I used SeaTools for DOS, but I remember it being glitchy. (I think I had to switch to WD and other utils.) Perhaps the issues lies with that particular program, not with your computer. Have you tried another disk utility to clean the disk?

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    If you download and burn the CD version of Partition Wizard (there's a link in JR's "Drivers, Apps and How-to's" thread) to CD, it will allow you to zero out your HDD. However, I don't believe it will be able to low level format it. That is usually limited to utilities developed by the HDD manufacturer.
    Last edited by dstrakele; 12-15-2011 at 10:09 PM.
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    Thanks for the reply guys

    I have not tried any other programs yet. I will try Partition Wizard as mentioned above by dstrakele.
    Will let you know how it turns out

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    Quote Originally Posted by krhanse View Post
    Thanks for the reply guys

    I have not tried any other programs yet. I will try Partition Wizard as mentioned above by dstrakele.
    Will let you know how it turns out
    The DOS utility diskpart also has a zero-fill function. It's already built in, so nothing to download. But third-party programs probably have a more user-friendly interface.

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