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    Default Forensic Tools - Wiping an external drive

    I have a few external hard drives that I need to forensically wipe as the data is extremely confidential. I am looking at a Guttman type method which I know is overkill but speed is not an issue, just ensuring the drive is wiped clean to then be reused. I have been led to believe there is a tool within back track that would allow me to do this but as yet I have been unable to locate it, any help would be much appreciated!

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    Default Re: Forensic Tools - Wiping an external drive

    Just download Darik's Boot And Nuke, then you can wipe anything, anywhere. Even all that TJ donkey pr0n you think your friends don't know about.
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    Default Re: Forensic Tools - Wiping an external drive

    Perferct cheers!

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    Default Re: Forensic Tools - Wiping an external drive

    Of course, if you really wanted to have some fun, go to Wal-Mart late at night and ask the greeter if they could help you find trashbags, roll of carpet, rope, quicklime, clorox and a shovel. See if they give you any strange looks. --Streaker69

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    Default Re: Forensic Tools - Wiping an external drive

    DBAN is pretty good like Thorn said. I use shred. It makes a number of passes with random data making it hard to retrieve data.

    Code:
    man shred
    You can mess around with how many iterations you want and whether you want to zero out data. Be careful though, a mistake will be final. I use this to wipe hard drives before selling them. It will take a very long time though.

    Code:
    sudo shred -vfz -n 30 /dev/sda
    Change -n 30 to be the number of passes you want it to make. The higher the number the more passes, but the more secure your deletion will be. I read somewhere, a while back, that the government uses 7 passes.

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