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Wipe a drive

This page was last updated on October 09, 2013.

Use the drive manufacturer’s software

Go to the hard drive manufacturer’s web site, download the software they have for wiping their drives, and follow its instructions.

Use the shred command

This will write random data to the disk, then fill it with zeros.

  1. Boot with the Live CD.
  2. Type this command in a teminal window, replacing XXXX with your drive (examples: hda1 or sda1), and press the Enter key:
  3. shred -z XXXX

For more information on the shred command, type this in a terminal window and press the Enter key:

man shred

Obligatory Happy Ending

And they all lived happily ever after. The end.


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