[svlug] Detecting 'virgin' disks ?

Steve steve at itsage.com
Tue Jul 26 07:39:41 PDT 2005

Anyone know a 'safe' method for detecting 'virgin' disks (disks that 
have never been formatted...)
I'm doing an installer, which will have to run MBR on these disks in 
addition to partitioning them.

With a brand new disk, is the entire disk zeroed out ? (ie can I just dd 
the MBR and compare it to all zero's or all ones ?


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