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Creating a large file of random bytes quickly

I want to create a large file ~10G filled with zeros and random values. I have tried using: dd if=/dev/urandom of=10Gfile bs=5G count=10 it creates a file of about 2Gb and exits with a exit status ...
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Why is GNU shred faster than dd when filling a drive with random data?

While securely erasing a hard drive before decommissioning I noticed, that dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda takes nearly a whole day, whereas shred -vf -n 1 /dev/sda only takes a couple of hours with ...
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Why is my /dev/random so slow when using dd?

I am trying to semi-securely erase a bunch of hard drives. The following is working at 20-50Mb/s dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda But dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sda seems not to work. Also when I ...