Wipe a disk via Linux shell

This is how to wipe a disk via Linux shell:

$> sudo shred -v -n2 -z /dev/sdc

The command above erases all data on the device /dev/sdc and overrides the data 2 times. Finally every bit is overridden by zeros. So in sum it takes 3 iterations to wipe a disk via Linux shell.

  • n specifies the number of iterations taken place to override the data with random numbers
  • z results in every bit being overwritten by zeros to mask shredding

Further information on wipe a disk via Linux shell:

Can be found under https://linux.die.net/man/1/shred .

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