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Sep
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comment Issues with hard disk secure erase
New comment because of limits: Yes, you can use the Windows install cd to recreate and format partitions, too, if you don't want to fool about with fdisk and mkfs.*.
Sep
27
comment Issues with hard disk secure erase
The "dell utility" partition has got some pre-loaded Dell software; if you want to keep it, then just find out which partition (/dev/sdXN) it's on (using fdisk or df -H) and don't dd it. The dd call only overwrites the partition/disk you specify (so if your HDD is /dev/sda then you can do dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda to erase the entire thing (multiple times to be extra certain) (this will also destroy the partition table) or if you have the Dell Utility on /dev/sda1 and keep all your data on the partition /dev/sda2, then just use dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda2)
Sep
26
answered Drive letters switched after restoring from backup
Sep
26
comment Windows 7: moved system partition, need to update boot partition
Interesting, I'll give it a shot...
Sep
26
comment Issues with hard disk secure erase
In terms of actual security, dd if=/dev/urandom ... might be better, since writing zeroes can leave traces of magnetic bias. Depends how paranoid you are... And to format it, just get a (Linux) boot disk, use fdisk to make the partitions (be sure to set their types properly!) and then run mkfs.TYPE /dev/sdXX (where TYPE is the format you want them in and /dev/sdXX is the partition).
Sep
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asked Windows 7: moved system partition, need to update boot partition
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answered Setting up Raid 1 Array for Home Server
Jun
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asked Windows recovery partition with GRUB2
Jan
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comment Fsck says read block too short
Update: After the second fsck, it booted properly, but the kernel panicked a few hours later and the same thing happened on restart.
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revised Fsck says read block too short
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asked Fsck says read block too short