[CentOS] help fdisk and dd

Sorin Srbu sorin.srbu at orgfarm.uu.se
Thu Mar 4 14:27:41 UTC 2010

>-----Original Message-----
>From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
>Of Benjamin Donnachie
>Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 3:11 PM
>To: CentOS mailing list
>Subject: Re: [CentOS] help fdisk and dd
>On 4 March 2010 14:01, Sorin Srbu <sorin.srbu at orgfarm.uu.se> wrote:
>> I second that. Dban is the niftiest thing since sliced bread. Very handy
>> tool, if a bit slow. But I guess that comes with the territory. 8-)
>The ATA Secure Erase command is generally faster but more difficult -
>see http://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase

The advantage with Dban is IMO it's simplicity, just boot it from CD, choose
wiping method and let it rip. After a few hours it's done.

In the ATA Secure Erase case, is two minutes the time it takes to erase a
harddrive? I'm not that knowledgable erasing stuff this way.

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