InitDisk

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vico

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Where can I get a copy of InitDisk please? I would like to try it out to recover my old dead SSD.
This capability was mentioned by Steve on the latest Security Now podcast.
Cheers,
 
I would like to try it out to recover my old dead SSD
Just to be clear, if the name of it isn't, that InitDisk is NOT a data recovery tool like SpinRite. It merely attempts to revive the disks ability to store a filesystem, and then applies one.... causing whatever data was present to be lost. If your old dead SSD has somehow had its partition table screwed up in a way that it was unusable, say, then InitDisk may be helpful.
 
Just to be clear, if the name of it isn't, that InitDisk is NOT a data recovery tool like SpinRite. It merely attempts to revive the disks ability to store a filesystem, and then applies one.... causing whatever data was present to be lost. If your old dead SSD has somehow had its partition table screwed up in a way that it was unusable, say, then InitDisk may be helpful.
Yes it's incredibly good at the job, just remember it will be a blank dusk once it's done.
 
Thank you all for the additional info.

It took me a while to find and undust an old windows machine in order to try the utility. In the end initdisk did not revive my dead SSD. I like it nonetheless. It seems to be a useful utility to reformat some old "who knows what's on it" flash drives.

Sometimes we are in a situation when a friend or a family member hands over a usb drive asking for a copy of a random photo or a file. Would it be safe to assume that initdisk prevents any potentially malicious code to infect our computer when we use it to reformat a drive? In other words, can I safely use initdisk to reformat a drive which I randomly found in a parking lot ;)

Cheers,
 
" can I safely use initdisk to reformat a drive which I randomly found in a parking lot"

Even after formatting, you could still be a victim of malicious firmware. Fire up your favorite search engine and look up "USB devices malicious firmware"
 
I’m trying to be good, I haven’t run up Windows for two years, please, please, please can a Ubuntu version be released. I really don’t want to cope with Windows any more. Thnx.
 
please can a Ubuntu version be released
Have you tried using dd to write zeros to the beginning of the disk? Something like:

Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 count=128

Afterward use cfdisk like normal. I have yet to find a disk I couldn't repartition after using this method. When I do, I'll definitely give initdisk a shot.

Similarly, on Windows I have had great success with the diskpart "clean" command.
 
I used initdisk on my wife's Win 10 laptop and it works great. It did bring back an old 4GB USB stick. I ended up using that USB drive for something else, but some day I may need to use Spinrite (which I have owned and updated for years) on her machine.
 
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Can anyone help. I have a USB 32Gb thumb drive that says it is locked. No matter what software I seem to use to reformat it. Tried initdisk, but no luck. It reports the drive as locked so I cannot write to it.
 
I have seen USB drives that actually have a physical locking switch on them. Any chance that is the case with yours? Look closely.
Thank you replying, but I have looked at that originally and unfortunately it has no lock switch.
 
@Horse : I would rely upon InitDisk, since I know what it's doing. But we appear to have seen some instances where it reports that it's unable to write to a drive when it appears that it should be able to. Before we release the “ReadSpeed” benchmark, which will be based upon a version of InitDisk, we'll be revisiting its operation and I'd LOVE to work with you to see whether we can figure out what's going on.
 
@Horse : I would rely upon InitDisk, since I know what it's doing. But we appear to have seen some instances where it reports that it's unable to write to a drive when it appears that it should be able to. Before we release the “ReadSpeed” benchmark, which will be based upon a version of InitDisk, we'll be revisiting its operation and I'd LOVE to work with you to see whether we can figure out what's going on.
Steve, that would be great. The drive is a Kingston 32 Gb Data Traveller.
 
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