[CentOS] slightly OT: dban

Fri Aug 27 14:46:56 UTC 2010
Michel van Deventer <michel at van.deventer.cx>


>   On 27/08/2010 15:19, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> I'm trying to nuke a Dell Optiplex GX620. I've got a perfectly good dban
>> 1.0.4 that I've used a bunch of times... but on this machine, it says
>> starting, then dies, saying "dban has finished with non-fatal errors.
>> Check the log for more information" It never gets to the interactive
>> menu.
>> Now that I've disabled the non-existant floppy drive, at least it does
>> say
>> "to save the log file again, press enter"....
> I usually use dban but if it's not handy use a liveCD (me usually
> Ubuntu) and use dd:
> Assuming the drive to kill is /dev/sda:
> dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sda
> Do it a few times for good measure. At work we have a policy of
> physically destroying
> drives which grates a little at times.
I use shred from a rescue CD (Centos/RHEL/Fedora/Ubuntu).
shred -vz -n3 /dev/sda clears the disk nicely (takes some tim though :) )



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