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Old 10-08-2002
Question Wiping UNIX Hard Drive

Hello all, Maybe someone can help? Please?!?!?

How do I wipe a UNIX hard drive, For dos I use Norton. Is there something like that for UNIX. I am just barley understanding UNIX, so please forgive my ignorance. Also, is there a government approved method of sanitization?

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Old 10-08-2002
Are you wanting to continue using this drive for Unix or for Windows?
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Old 10-08-2002
Does it matter?

It will probably just be put into storage, and at some time tossed in the trash.
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Old 10-08-2002

If you want to use it for Windows you will need to run fdisk select non-dos partitions and delete and re-create partitions to be formatted for FAT, NTFS, etc.

If you are going to use it for Unix, then run your Unix's flavor of fdisk and delete partitions and re-create for `makefs`.

If you are just wanting to delete sensitive data, then you want to do a low-level format. You can most likely download a LLF tool from your drive's vendor website.
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Old 10-08-2002
According to the Clearing and Sanitization Matrix, the only approved method of sanitizing a hard drive with non-removable media that contains top secret data is to use an approved destruction technique. You have your choice...the approved types of destruction are: disintegrate, incinerate, pulverize, or melt.
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Old 10-08-2002
Perderabo, excellent matrix. Thanks for a great reply.
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Old 10-09-2002
Neat stuff, too bad it is in Word format. Smilie
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