I'm looking to use a utility such as Darik's Boot And Nuke (www.dban.org) to wipe my iPod (classic fifth generation) so I can sell it on Ebay (without having to worry about my data being recovered.) Any suggestions on how to do this?
DBAN is for wiping entire computer systems, including the original boot device. You do not need it to wipe a USB storage device; you can just use any generic disk wipe tool.
On Unix-like systems (including Mac OS X), this is sometimes used:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda
Which translates to "read bytes from /dev/urandom and write to whichever device is pointed to by
On Windows, Eraser used to be very good (until it got that hyperlinkey GUI).
Whichever way you choose, make sure you wipe the entire device at least three times. Since it's a flash-memory device, more than 3 passes is just paranoia.
Don't nuke the entire device; wiping the data partition is enough. All iPods have their firmware (minus bootloader) in the first 96 MB, and destroying that will require you to use iTunes' "Restore" to reinstall the firmware. (It is not bad, but all you get is wasted time; your data was not there.)
I would reccomend the Apple Disk Utility (see
Start it up and then
After that procedure you can restore your iPod using iTunes. Now it's clean AND useable again.
Warning: Erasing an whole iPod 7 times takes a long time!