This is the process I use to build a BackUp for professional use in DEADLINE workflows.
ZeroWrite the hard drive:
See ZeroWrite Apple info below.
Install the Operating System (OS):
Install the Applications, drivers:
DO NOT DRAG ANYTHING OLD back onto your new install at least until after you BackUp this runs the risk of reintroducing corruption/viruses/SUSPECTS into your BackUp.
When you get done and fully tuned BACKiTUP!
ZeroWrite, TestDisk, Low Level Format:
Apple Knowledge Base Apple.com (Excerpt):
ATA hard drives do not Low Level Format, SCSI hard Drive do.
Again, I recommend the ZeroWrite in my WorkFlow for the 100percent confidence it provides me: From The Ground Up....
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Note: G. BALLARD prefers a shredding if he is wrong or unclear.