Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions
User Name
Linux - Distributions This forum is for Distribution specific questions.
Red Hat, Slackware, Debian, Novell, LFS, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora - the list goes on and on... Note: An (*) indicates there is no official participation from that distribution here at LQ.


  Search this Thread
Old 10-19-2004, 12:58 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 18

Rep: Reputation: 0
Lightbulb Linux Distro that will securely clean hard drive?

i get donated computers for my local organzation.
i need a Bootable linux Distro that will allow you to destructively erase a partition. by overwriting the existing data on the disk or file with either random numbers or a series of zeros and ones (or some such bit patterns).
anyone know of any?
Old 10-19-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 246

Rep: Reputation: 30
Any live distro should let you do this. If you don't want to modify one then booting to (for example) knoppix and running "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda" or "cat /dev/zero >/dev/hda" (you will probably have to become root) will overwrite everything with zeros. Replacing /dev/zero with /dev/urandom will overwrite with (pseudo)random bytes.

If you want this to be automated then you could take any bootable distro and add the command to the startup scripts. If you did this then you may want to trim the disc a bit - i.e. no need to start X, detect network/sound/etc in order to erase the hard disc and therefore starting with a more minimal rescue distribution may be simpler. It should be possible to fit what you need on a floppy disc so looking for one of those to modify might be a good idea.
Old 10-19-2004, 08:20 PM   #3
Registered: May 2003
Location: S.W. Ohio
Distribution: Ubuntu, OS X
Posts: 760

Rep: Reputation: 30
You can try Knoppix STD, it is a live cd with a ton of applications:
# wipe : wipe a partition securely. good for prep'ing a partition for dd
# and other typical system tools used for forensics (dd, lsof, strings, grep, etc.)
Here are the tools that are included:

And I am using it right now to post this from work.
Old 10-19-2004, 08:46 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Calif, USA
Distribution: PCLINUXOS
Posts: 2,917

Rep: Reputation: 103Reputation: 103
I still like Autoclave.
Old 10-19-2004, 09:37 PM   #5
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Atlanta, GA
Distribution: Slackware, PC-BSD v0.6, FreeBSD v5.3
Posts: 82

Rep: Reputation: 15
Because I work for this company I have to recommend this IBM Secure Data Disposal. This program works great. It has 3 levels of data shredding with highest being a DOD level shred.

Also Autoclave is really good but I hate using floppies so I found Ultimate Boot CD that has Autoclave on it and other great utilities.

Last edited by Glas; 10-19-2004 at 11:23 PM.
Old 06-26-2006, 11:22 AM   #6
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Tennessee
Distribution: Devuan 3.0 (Beowulf)
Posts: 208

Rep: Reputation: 17
I recommend DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke), a free download. It allows you to simply zero-fill or overwrite with random data multiple times. It downloads to your choice of bootable floppy or bootable CD.
Old 06-27-2006, 12:42 AM   #7
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2004
Location: Surprise, AZ
Distribution: Debian | CentOS | Arch
Posts: 1,103

Rep: Reputation: 45
i second DBAN... it's excellent.
Old 02-01-2012, 07:43 PM   #8
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2011
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Question Getting DBAN to run from USB

I also need to use the usb flash with linux to completely wipe some hd's.
I downloaded the DBAN ISO from the DBAN site.
Ran YUMI to install on a usb stick.
Booted from it in MOBALIVE CD program / virtual machine
and it has the error in QEMU:
no configuration file found
I really would like to get this one going...sounds like what I need.
I am a linux newbie. How to change the configuration file to boot from a usb stick?
Any ideas how to use the iso or add it to other distros like UBUNTU .
Thanks R


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DISCUSSION: Clean Hard Drive (zero fill) Darin LinuxAnswers Discussion 31 05-06-2013 09:04 AM
Wiping hard drive for clean install Kissinger! Linux - Newbie 9 04-15-2008 12:56 AM
How do I format my single, clean hard drive to Linux? deanh2nd Linux - Newbie 2 06-26-2006 11:24 AM
Hard drive at 90%, need to clean up J3N7iL Linux - Hardware 2 08-11-2005 11:08 PM
Clean Hard Drive-CD-ROM not working pumperdave Linux - Newbie 1 01-27-2004 03:35 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:10 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration