[svlug] 2 part Linux question

Jeffrey Siegal jbs at quiotix.com
Thu Jul 10 00:01:33 PDT 2003


Marc Maxwell wrote:
> I am curious about a couple of things. I want to wipe
> data off of an IDE drive COMPLETELY, absolutely and
> totally gone forever and NOT recoverable.

Blast furnace, thermite, etc.

There is no way to *really* do this in software.

You can do a bit better than dd, maybe, with the shred utility that is 
part of GNU file utils.

See http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/secure_del.html for some 
discussion.






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