Re: [Full-Disclosure] Erasing a hard disk easily

From: James Sneeringer (james+fulldisc_at_vincentsystems.com)
Date: 07/14/04

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    Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 10:52:11 -0500
    
    

    On Wed, Jul 14, 2004 at 07:04:47PM +1000, Darren Reed wrote:
    > Too bad the pc Unixes don't have a format command like Sun has had
    > for Solaris/SunOS....tells the hard drive to 'format' and then tests
    > with a number of test patterns.

    This can be done on Linux using badblocks(8). It has a read-write mode
    that does what you describe. Most of the mk*fs programs also have their
    own read-only test options.

    -James

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