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What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?



 
 
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Old July 26th 18, 12:14 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

Hello.

What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs? I don't think old
classic DBAN can handle external working USB HDDs? Any others to use in Linux,
Mac OS, and Windows to reuse the external USB HDD (not broken/dead yet)?
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Old July 26th 18, 12:26 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

On 7/25/2018 6:14 PM, Ant wrote:
Hello.

What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs? I don't think old
classic DBAN can handle external working USB HDDs? Any others to use in Linux,
Mac OS, and Windows to reuse the external USB HDD (not broken/dead yet)?


Hillary used Bleachbit.
https://www.bleachbit.org/

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Old July 26th 18, 02:30 PM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

On Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:14:19 -0500, (Ant) wrote:

Hello.

What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs? I don't think old
classic DBAN can handle external working USB HDDs? Any others to use in Linux,
Mac OS, and Windows to reuse the external USB HDD (not broken/dead yet)?


Boot from a Live Linux CD and

https://www.marksanborn.net/howto/wi...drive-with-dd/

/dev/hda would have to be replaced with whatever Linux recognizes the
drive as.
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Old July 26th 18, 11:21 PM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

Shadow wrote:
On Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:14:19 -0500, (Ant) wrote:


Hello.

What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs? I don't think old
classic DBAN can handle external working USB HDDs? Any others to use in Linux,
Mac OS, and Windows to reuse the external USB HDD (not broken/dead yet)?


Boot from a Live Linux CD and


https://www.marksanborn.net/howto/wi...drive-with-dd/

/dev/hda would have to be replaced with whatever Linux recognizes the
drive as.


Thanks. I didn't know dd was good enough to do that like dban. I will
try that.

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Old July 27th 18, 12:04 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

On 2018-07-26, Ant wrote:
Thanks. I didn't know dd was good enough to do that like dban. I will
try that.


You might want to try ddrescue, it will give you a detailed progress
indicator.

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Old July 27th 18, 12:40 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

On 2018-07-26, Roger Blake wrote:
You might want to try ddrescue, it will give you a detailed progress
indicator.


Responding to my own post, it happens that Linux Journal has a neat
little article about getting progress info using dd:

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content...ess-your-image

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Old July 29th 18, 12:06 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Maybe the SSD manufacturer's utility has this feature.

Possibly the free "Eraser" can do it?
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Old July 29th 18, 02:40 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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SSD? I said HDD. The spinning type.


Ed Light wrote:
Maybe the SSD manufacturer's utility has this feature.


Possibly the free "Eraser" can do it?


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Old July 29th 18, 03:52 AM posted to comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage
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Default What's the best way to fully erase external working USB HDDs?

Ant wrote:
Ed Light wrote:
Maybe the SSD manufacturer's utility has this feature.

Possibly the free "Eraser" can do it?


SSD? I said HDD. The spinning type.


Well some of the "spinning type" have also been known to have
built-in secure eraser software in their firmware that can be
activated by specific software released by the manufacturer. In
theory this is best because it allows any data not directly
accessible by the operating system to be deleted as well -
though also using "dd if=/dev/urandom" might be the best
guarantee.

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