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    wiping the hard drive

    I have no clue how to wipe a hard drive on ubuntu. it would be sweet if some one would help me out.

  2. #2
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    Re: wiping the hard drive

    What exactly are you wanting to do? Wipe an entire hard drive so that no data is recoverable, even by a technically competent person? Or just reformat it so that it appears like a fresh one? Or do you want to wipe some specific data on a drive without wiping everything?

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    Re: wiping the hard drive

    From a liveCD, run

    Code:
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1k
    Note that this wipes the complete harddisk (every single partition).
    Replace sda by the disk that you want to wipe.

    More examples e.g. http://how-to.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_...clean_in_Linux

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    Re: wiping the hard drive

    Also there is dban, that is easy to use that wipes hard drives.
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    Re: wiping the hard drive

    Also GParted LiveCD

    You make a bootable CD from the .iso, just like an Ubuntu install LiveCD. Neat thing about having a GPLCD is once you've wiped the drive you can set it up for Windows, Linux, or both by creating the partitions you want.

    That's if you just want to do something new with the disk, not wipe the drive down to zero's so the existing data is irretrievable.

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