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    Default Freespace Wipe Utility

    Hi -- I've searched this site and google, but no luck. Is there a command line utility or an app within the SuSE distros that will securely wipe freespace on a drive? I have used the Freespace Wipe tool in PGP on Win32 machines. Is there an equivalent tool in SuSE 11?

    I have a surplus machine that I've installed SuSE 11.0 and I'd like to gift it to a school. My concern is that there may be sensitive info on the HD left over from its use by employees (random pr0n remnants, personal info, etc).

    Thanks in advance!

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    google01103 NNTP User

    Default Re: Freespace Wipe Utility

    devedge wrote:

    >
    > Hi -- I've searched this site and google, but no luck. Is there a
    > command line utility or an app within the SuSE distros that will
    > securely wipe freespace on a drive? I have used the Freespace Wipe tool
    > in PGP on Win32 machines. Is there an equivalent tool in SuSE 11?
    >
    > I have a surplus machine that I've installed SuSE 11.0 and I'd like to
    > gift it to a school. My concern is that there may be sensitive info on
    > the HD left over from its use by employees (random pr0n remnants,
    > personal info, etc).
    >
    > Thanks in advance!
    >
    >

    what a freaking great question

    I had better results googling though entries are old:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-281480.html
    http://linux.die.net/man/1/scrub - option 3
    can be dl'ed here http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...ub-30805.shtml

    let us know you experiences
    --
    Suse 11.0 x64, Kde 4.1beta (factory repo), Opera 9.x weekly

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    google01103 NNTP User

    Default Re: Freespace Wipe Utility

    google01103 wrote:

    > devedge wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Hi -- I've searched this site and google, but no luck. Is there a
    >> command line utility or an app within the SuSE distros that will
    >> securely wipe freespace on a drive? I have used the Freespace Wipe tool
    >> in PGP on Win32 machines. Is there an equivalent tool in SuSE 11?
    >>
    >> I have a surplus machine that I've installed SuSE 11.0 and I'd like to
    >> gift it to a school. My concern is that there may be sensitive info on
    >> the HD left over from its use by employees (random pr0n remnants,
    >> personal info, etc).
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance!
    >>
    >>

    > what a freaking great question
    >
    > I had better results googling though entries are old:
    >
    > http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-281480.html
    > http://linux.die.net/man/1/scrub - option 3
    > can be dl'ed here
    > http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...ub-30805.shtml
    >
    > let us know you experiences

    current version of scrub http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-...difficult.html
    --
    Suse 11.0 x64, Kde 4.1beta (factory repo), Opera 9.x weekly

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    Default Re: Freespace Wipe Utility

    Personally I use scrub (installed from RPM).

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    Default Re: Freespace Wipe Utility

    If you really want to wipe your drive clean and won't settle with any half-baked solutions, this method looks real thorough to me.
    http://stopsoftwarepatents.eu/
    Even if free software were ****, it should still get our preference over the non-free **** secreted by IT corporations.
    A free rephrasing of RMS

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