[Full-Disclosure] Erasing a hard disk easily
james+fulldisc at vincentsystems.com
Wed Jul 14 16:52:11 BST 2004
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.
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