[kwlug-disc] OT - degauss/wipe a dead hard drive/LTO tapes

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon May 3 11:49:13 EDT 2010


So it does not boot, but is is accessible if you boot from something else?

If you are able to boot and can run:

fdisk /dev/sdX

And see partitions, then you can wipe it using:

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdX

That overwrites everything on the drive with random data, and is as safe as
you can do it without physically destroying the drive.

If the drive is not accessible, the above does not apply of course.

On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Adam,
>
> DBAN - Darik's Boot and Nuke - we use it at work frequently.. but this only
> works
> for a drive that will boot.  :)
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Adam Glauser <adamglauser at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Perhaps software will be sufficient for your media sanitation needs?
>> According to Linux.com*, there is a FLOSS tool called Darik's Boot and Nuke
>> which implements a bunch of standards published by such security-conscious
>> organizations as the US Department of National Defense and the RCMP.
>>
>> * http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/48092
>>
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