Solved is there a linux HDD erase / wipe command?

October 24, 2018 at 16:17:17
Specs: Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit Rosa, Intel Core i-5 4690 / 16 GB
i have been using a command prompt cipher command to clean slack space on the HDD of a MS Windows computer

is there a Linux equivalent or similar terminal command ????

( or app / ... that won't destroy my HDD? )


I checked the Internet, but, ... that did not pan out so well, ...

....


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#1
October 25, 2018 at 02:42:08
✔ Best Answer
https://superuser.com/questions/193...

Be aware that, when playing this sort of thing, there is considerably more chance that you will accidentally wipe your data than that anyone is going to discover your secrets. Judging from the number of questions I see about data lost because of disk encryption, the same applies there.


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#2
October 25, 2018 at 06:35:43
Certainly if there is data you really wouldn't like to lose... I'd be inclined to have it securely duplicated on a another (external) drive; which drive is then put away in a safe pace; even under lock and key?

as per ijack so any come here and to similar forms with tales of woe regarding encrypted data and not able to access it for whatever reason.

So before you "play around" with the Linux equivalent commands... safeguard the existing data as above - first?


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November 2, 2018 at 09:32:08
hmmmm,...

I am not THAT concerned about private info on HDD, ...

as much as , ....

hidden malware (or locator beacons etc. etc. etc. et al.) that hasn't been detected by my ...
security applications / programs / software, ...

as, ...

these computers usually have Windows OSes loaded on them;


....

I use the open source OSes, ...

only temporarily, ...

and for troubleshooting, diagnostics, and repair,
etc.


I store data that I value on external HDD, ...

I am not trying to encrypt data that I want to store and or secure

I am trying to clean the HDDs of un / non detected, unpleasant, unwanted "STUFF" on my HDDs, ...

;)

:)

=8-]


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thanks for input / info .....


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