Wiping disks

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nwipe is a fork of dwipe which is the utility used in the popular DBAN solution.

  1. Open "terminal emulator" from the application menu
  2. Run sudo nwipe in the terminal to launch our nwipe session
  3. Navigate up and down the list with the arrow keys, select disks by size with the space bar.
    • Removing extra disks from the machine may make this selection easier. Choosing the wrong disk will cause data loss
    • You can change the wipe method by pressing m. DoD short is the default and recomended method. It makes 3 passes over the disk.
    • You can change the number of rounds by pressing r. This multiplies the method. Leaving DoD short and setting 2 rounds would make 6 passes (1 is recommended).
  4. Press capital S to start the process


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Created Tue, Dec 22, 2020 1:10 AM by PipeItToDevNull
Updated Wed, Feb 17, 2021 5:33 AM by PipeItToDevNull