drive wipe

Richard Esplin richard at
Thu Oct 23 00:09:38 MDT 2008

shred is on most systems (it's part of coreutils), and it works well:
    shred /dev/hda0

Richard Esplin

On Wednesday 22 October 2008 23:58:15 "Dr. Scott S. Jones" 
<scott at> wrote:
> +++ Jonathan Duncan [22/10/08 23:34 -0600]:
> > >Please, if you have anything that you've considered getting rid of
> > >it or selling it - now's the perfect time! =)
> >
> > I have an old machine that I built a while back that has an ATX power
> > supply and other stuff in it.  The CPU is AMD but not 64.  I have not
> > used the machine for much of anything for the past year or so.  I
> > guess I might as well get rid of it.  I just need to wipe the drives.
> > If you are interested, let me know.
> What does one use to wipe a drive, what application? I have a few that I
> need to clean up...and overwrite, to protect patient data.
> Scott

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