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Unread 14-09-2007, 04:27 PM   #1
frank
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wipe a drive

Hi all,

Little off topic, but you have always helped in the past. I have a box
that has several versions of Ubuntu installed at various times. I am
looking for a live disk that will allow me to wipe the drive clean as if
the thing was brand new. I really don't think that installing one version
over another completely wipes the old defaults out.

Any suggestions.
 
Unread 14-09-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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Re: wipe a drive

frank wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Little off topic, but you have always helped in the past. I have a box
> that has several versions of Ubuntu installed at various times. I am
> looking for a live disk that will allow me to wipe the drive clean as if
> the thing was brand new. I really don't think that installing one version
> over another completely wipes the old defaults out.
>
> Any suggestions.


Go to the hard drive manufacturer's web site and download the floppy or
CD they have for wiping their drives. It's free.

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Unread 14-09-2007, 04:27 PM   #3
Mark South
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Re: wipe a drive

On Fri, 14 Sep 2007 08:17:36 -0500, frank wrote:
> I am
> looking for a live disk that will allow me to wipe the drive clean as if
> the thing was brand new.


Darik's Boot and Nuke:

http://dban.sourceforge.net/
 
Unread 14-09-2007, 04:28 PM   #4
jellybean stonerfish
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Re: wipe a drive

On Fri, 14 Sep 2007 08:17:36 -0500, frank wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Little off topic, but you have always helped in the past. I have a box
> that has several versions of Ubuntu installed at various times. I am
> looking for a live disk that will allow me to wipe the drive clean as if
> the thing was brand new. I really don't think that installing one version
> over another completely wipes the old defaults out.
>
> Any suggestions.


A live cd should have shred. Boot, then type in a teminal,

shred -z hda

This will write random data to the disk, then fill it with zeros. Replace
hda with the disk you are talking about. Or if you just want to zero out a
disk without writing random data first, much faster. Also shred may not be
on your live cd, but dd is for sure.

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda

I think that might work.

stonerfish
 
 

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