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  1. #1
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    desktop disposal

    I am disposing of my Ubuntu older Natty system, and have performed a wipe.
    When it boots I'm at the
    error: unknown filesystem.
    grub rescue>

    This doesn't feel like a system that is safe to donate....

    Do I need to do more to finish off this system?

    thanks

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    Re: desktop disposal

    Suggest using SystemRescueCD, booting to it and, at the multi-colored prompt on the page asking the user to enter either "wizard" or "startx," type the dd command which will wipe the entire hard drive with zeros. Either that or discover which partition still exists and wipe only it.

    PHP Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdaX bs=4096 conv=notrunc,sync 
    where the capital X is the partition number (leave it off to wipe entire hard drive)
    Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance-- Aldous Huxley
    The real power of Linux lies in the command line

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    Re: desktop disposal

    Quote Originally Posted by kcs636 View Post
    I am disposing of my Ubuntu older Natty system, and have performed a wipe.
    When it boots I'm at the
    error: unknown filesystem.
    grub rescue>

    This doesn't feel like a system that is safe to donate....

    Do I need to do more to finish off this system?

    thanks
    by simply erasing he OS and formatting the drive you are not destroying the actual data. formating only erases the location indicators on the H.D but all most all of the date survives.

    If you want the disc to be completely clean down load and run boot and nuke. here :http://www.dban.org/
    Dave
    Registered Linux User #462608
    Ubuntu 14.04.1 /Xubuntu 14.04.1

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    Re: desktop disposal

    @kc1di
    FYI dban is included in SysResCD
    Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance-- Aldous Huxley
    The real power of Linux lies in the command line

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