How to really erase my hard drive
I have an old hard drive which I want to throw away, but not before destroying all data on it. How can I really erase all data on this old hard drive, non-recoverable?
- Hard drive Maxtor 7546 AT, 547MB
shred utility which is capable of overwriting files repeatedly "... in order to make it harder for even very expensive hardware probing to recover the data" (from:
# NOTE: Replace DEVICENAME with name of device (/dev/xxx) to shred # You can find out the device name with 'parted' (console) or # 'partitionmanager' (KDE) screen sudo shred -v DEVICENAME
Appendix A. Parted
p devices select DEVICENAME p