Wiping Out Data

Bob Cortez rjcortez at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 17:56:25 UTC 2007

It does work with ubuntu, it works with EVERY OS.  It works on any
kind of drive.  It's free.  I've used it myself.

Your unmount  solution sounds better however. Just wanted to set the
record straight.


On 3/27/07, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu> wrote:
> Bob Cortez wrote:
> > I believe kill disk will do the job.  http://killdisk.com/features.htm
> >
> > Bob
> >
> That is proprietary, $30.00, incompatible with Ubuntu, only overwrites
> once, and doesn't mention USB drives.  I would suggest using shred
> (which is pre-installed) from within Ubuntu.  First, insert the USB
> drive.  Open it, and it should be mounted on a folder /media/sdx# .  x
> will be a letter, and # a number (for instance /media/sdb1).  Note the
> whole thing.  Then open the command prompt and run:
> sudo umount /dev/sdb1
> shred /dev/sdb1 -n 7
> mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1
> Again, replace sdb1 with the value you noted.
> That will rewrite the entire drive with gibberish 7 times (this can be
> adjusted).  That should mostly obliterate all data, then reformat the
> drive for use.  Don't run it too often (or two many reps) on a removable
> drive or you will wear it out.
> Matthew Flaschen
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