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Storage DBAN, Disksposal and Diskpensation

What you do with your disks after you’re done with them does matter. Find out how to properly prepare them for the next owner.

Listed at number ten in Ten Essential Linux Admin Tools a few weeks ago, you had what was perhaps your first glimpse of Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) disk wiping utility. Today, you have it in glorious 3D* action that’s sure to convince you to add DBAN to your utility belt as you head to the inner sanctum of your local data center.

DBAN is an essential admin tool because you need a method of wiping disks securely. It’s easy to recover data from a formatted disk or one that’s had fdisk run on it. DBAN has several options for ruining any existing data on your used disks: Quick Erase, RCMP TSSIT OPS-II**, DoD Short, DoD 5220.22-M, Gutmann Wipe and PRNG Stream.

The Basics

Download DBAN’s ISO image from the DBAN Download Page. At only 10MB, you can burn DBAN to a USB pendrive, mini CDROM or…

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