[ubuntu-uk] Shredding HDD data

Tyler J. Wagner tyler at tolaris.com
Sun Sep 19 20:30:49 BST 2010

On Saturday 18 Sep 2010 23:35:26 John Matthews wrote:
> Hi, thank you so much for giving me that info I installed it, and it
> works so quite happy. Problem is, the http://www.ubuntu-unleashed.com
> <http://www.ubuntu-unleashed.com/> website, only deals with ubuntu up to
> 9.04 I think, is there an up to date version of it, it looks really
> helpful.

The secure-delete package works just fine up to 10.04. Don't worry about the 

Of course the shred command, which is always installed with Ubuntu, works fine 
as well. If you really want to ensure a harddrive is cleaned:

shred -v /dev/sda

That'll take about 48 hours to finish, but it will ensure the drive is not 

For deleting just directories or free space on the drive, the secure-delete 
tools are better.


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