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Re: Erasing a hard disk easily
From: James Sneeringer <james+fulldisc () vincentsystems com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 10:52:11 -0500

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.

-James

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