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    Oops!

    You know that evil command? The one that everyone says never use? Well, there's another way.

    I was trying to erase and overwrite an external hard disk the other day. I was using the "Shred" command. Let me tell you what, with the right options, it will toast your disk in a heartbeat. LoL.

    Accidentally hit the enter key before you type the entire device path, and POOF your install is toast. I can tell you I won't be letting that happen again.

    Just thought I'd throw that out as a little warning for the rest of you. Don't do it. LoL.
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    Re: Oops!

    In comparison I think Shred is even more powerful as you know what just deletes, Shred overwrites data with random 1s and 0s.
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    Re: Oops!

    Yeah, shred is brutal. But I got lucky. I caught it right away with the good old <ctrl+c>. All that it wiped out was the EULA and my initrd. I reinstalled the kernel I was running at the time, and it was pretty much back to normal.

    I hadn't upgraded to hardy yet at that point anyways. So it sounded like a good time to upgrade. So I guess it all worked out in the end. Other than the fact that I can't get my wireless working for anything right now.

    I think it's still network-manager messing with me again. Here I come again WICD. LoL.

    P.S. I still liked Gutsy better.
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    All I can say, is thank god it overwrites 26 times. It gave me time to catch it before much was gone!
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    Re: Oops!

    ... O.o... Didn't know...
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    Re: Oops!

    Quote Originally Posted by thschiavo View Post
    ... O.o... Didn't know...
    I knew, and I still screwed it up . LoL.
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    Re: Oops!

    You DO have a backup don't you?

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    Re: Oops!

    Quote Originally Posted by beercz View Post
    You DO have a backup don't you?
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    Re: Oops!

    dd can be brutal too, don't use that on the wrong disk
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    Re: Oops!

    Yeah. Like...
    (I'll change it a little to prevent accidental copying and pasting)
    Code:
    [dd] if=/dev/urandom (.Dont.Try.) of=/dev/hda
    Overwrites the data with completely random characters.

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