I was hoping someone would come up with that suggestion i.e., Load DOS DISK and format the drive, well my friend it ain't any good since the drive is already a NTFS partition
My circle is expanding
(PS. How will I recognise you in the street?)
Honestly, yes I goofed suggesting it, (add fdisk and it's fine though, just tried it here with my laptop - delete partition, create, format - although my laptop only has 2 partitions), and I apologise if the tone of my response was unsavoury in any way.
But also honestly, the statement 'I was hoping someone would come up with that suggestion ...
' implies you were setting a trap and is counter-productive to asking for help.
All the various responses to your query could have been avoided by adding: "I want to do this with a view to restoration of an OS image.", to your OP.
In which case, everyone would have responded that a format isn't necessary.
Please correct me ,,,,,i have no idea or is it not so necessary to format prior to restoring.
As f0dder and I both mentioned, an image-based restore will wipe whatever is there but only on the sectors that are overwritten. Some image software can zero any unused sectors.
Files that were fragmented before the image was taken will be fragmented after the restoration. Files that were stored in the MFT will still be there, (deleted or not).
It is better to defragment before creating an image of your OS. (Added: Defragging the system offline is even better - locked files will no longer be locked.)
Also, if you're concerned about any left over data, (eg. for security purposes):
- before your restore then you can do the full format, (as per your OP), or
- use a program to wipe unused sectors, (including deleted files in the MFT), before you create your image. (I recommend doing it after a defrag.)
I've used Moo0 Anti-Recovery
and it has worked very well, nothing recoverable after a deep scan with Recuva or Restoration.
Again, sorry if my tone was offensive but as I recently mentioned to someone here, I get irritated rather quickly if I have to play 20 questions to discover what the real question was, (or should have been).
People can be too secretive