LinuxQuestions.org
Did you know LQ has a Linux Hardware Compatibility List?
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices


Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 07-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
Rita G.
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Posts: 115

Rep: Reputation: 15
zero write or not?


Is it necessary to zero-write a hard drive between operating system installations? . . or is just overwriting with the new operating system sufficient?
 
Old 07-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #2
Ser Olmy
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jan 2012
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 2,225

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
It's only necessary if the drive contains sensitive information.

Old data can in many instances be recovered by specialized tools, but the data will never interfere with the new OS as long as you recreate the file system (that is, format the drive/partition).
 
Old 07-28-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
Doc CPU
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2011
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Distribution: Mint, Debian, Gentoo, Win 2k/XP
Posts: 1,099

Rep: Reputation: 343Reputation: 343Reputation: 343Reputation: 343
Hi there,

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rita G. View Post
Is it necessary to zero-write a hard drive between operating system installations?
no, that's totally unnecessary. You can just re-partition it, re-format the partitions and install a new OS without wiping the disk before. Completely wiping a disk may be a good idea, however, if you hand it over to somebody else, and you want to make sure you don't accidentally pass any personal, private data that could be recovered.

[X] Doc CPU
 
Old 07-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
Rita G.
Member
 
Registered: Jan 2008
Posts: 115

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
ok, thank you for replies. you've both answered my question.
 
  


Reply


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
Serial: Write timeout for write operation in Linux bharathi.onchip Linux - Embedded & Single-board computer 1 12-13-2011 11:08 AM
read/write,write/write lock with smbclient fails swatidas11 Linux - Networking 1 03-10-2010 12:27 PM
NFS write problem, UID correct, rw in /etc/exports -but still cannot write polgard Linux - Networking 2 09-19-2008 03:14 AM
root unable to write on drive mounted with read/write perrmission aquash2000 Linux - Server 5 07-19-2008 12:20 PM
Read/write locks using semaphores with write priority arunka Programming 1 06-28-2007 07:04 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:09 AM.

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