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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Hi!

    Bleach Bit has a wipe option.

    Does anyone know how many passes it makes?

    Any other info about Bleach Bit?

    Thanks!

    KegHead

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Hi!

    So, if I use Bleach Bit 5 times in a week, does that mean it's like running wipe to do a five time wipe at one setting?

    KegHead

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Doubt it, but I don't use Bleachbit, so I cannot confirm or deny that for sure.
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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Hi!

    I reinstalled Ubuntu after using wipe. I was asked if I wanted to wipe the hd before installing.

    I said yes, was this really a wipe?

    KegHead

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Quote Originally Posted by KegHead View Post
    Is it possible to wipe/shred just unused space via terminal?
    Code:
    sudo sfill -l -l -v -z /target
    This will write a single pass of zeros to all the free space on that partition, which is fast and a completely permanent wipe. You'll need to install secure-delete to get the tool sfill.

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Hi!

    Thanks Paqman.

    What if I wanted to do more than one pass with zero's?

    Thanks!

    KegHead

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    These erase threads always amaze me. A secure erase facility has been built into all disk drive controllers for at least ten years, yet no-one seems to be aware of it. Use hdparm to activate it.

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Sure enough these erase threads amaze me as well but more for the fact that nobody ever tells 'em to actually verify the end result (regardless of DBAN being able to verify passes). Even w/o practical forensics experience it should be just a common sense thing. Else why make an effort in the first place?..

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    Hi!

    I'm just trying to figure out the correct terminal command using wipe three (3) times and an final wipe with zeros, only for free space.

    Can anyone advise, I don't want to make a mistake!

    Thanks!

    KegHead

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    Re: Shred or wipe?

    You can use zerofree for ext file systems (and I think it is enough with one pass, unless you need military level security).

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install zerofree
    See
    Code:
    man zerofree
    for example
    Code:
    sudo umount /dev/sda1
    sudo zerofree /dev/sda1
    You can use dd for fat and ntfs file systems. Also in this case you should unmount them before the zeroising.

    So now you have several tips:

    shred, quick mode of wipe, dban (for while drive), dd (with if=/dev/urandom or if=/dev/zero), BleachBit, sfill, zerofree.

    ... but of course, no pay, no guarantee

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