Originally Posted by ulonggapo
I am currently using helix's dcfldd of=/dev/sdx pattern=00 to wipe hard drives. I have multiple hard drives connected to the computer and had to manually change the device on the command line everytime it finishes. Is there a way to automate the process (script?) by which it will identify all data storage devices on the computer and wipe them? It doesn't have to wipe all at the same time, it could just wipe the drives one at a time.
I am new to linux so I don't know a whole lot. I did found a software called DBAN. I informed my employer about it and she said that helix is the preferred software by the client.
I found a utility that will wipe all HD connected to your system using DOD techniques. It is Darik's Boot & Nuke, DBAN. It books a mini linux OS and provides a simple menu to wipe the disks. Here is an excerpt from the website. http://dban.sourceforge.net/
Darik's Boot and Nuke
Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis.
* Darik's Boot and Nuke 1.0.7 DBAN Project Dontations
o New DBAN users should read the README.TXT file.
o Download DBAN for installation on CD and DVD media.
o Download DBAN for installation on floppy disks and USB flash drives.
Hope this works for you.