Yes, but no success yet.
Norm Radder wrote:. . . Have you tried mounting it . . .?
Knute Snortum wrote:Personally, if I bought a cheap HDD from someone I don't know, and it said not to format the drive, I would be worried that it contains some kind of malware.
It opened with Windows 7, and Kaspersky didn't say anything about malware. Can't open it on Linux didn't therefore run badblks[/edit], so maybe I shall give it to somebody who uses Windows® and tell them to screen it for malware and not use it for anything critical.
One of those things you put down to experi‑ence.
Caleb Cruze wrote:
A low-level format is done with a special tool or controller that will write sequentially block by block some pattern of data across the disk drive. This is usually zero’s if it’s not a secure format. These types of formats take a long time, usually multiple hours. A secure format is similar to a low-level format, however, the data written is typically pseudo-random and may take multiple passes to format the entire disk and doubles or triples the time it takes to format.