In the Linux operating system(which is free), the super user(root) has raw access to disks and partitions on the disks in the machine. The general idea is to write random data generated by the Linux operating system, to the hard disk.
The situation often arises where an individual needs to throw away an old computer, but does not want the data on the disk of the old computer to be accessible if someone retrieves it via dumpster diving. There might still be data stored in the motherboard or some of the peripherals, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Ideally, the disk platters should be physically destroyed, but due to hardware or cost constraints, this might not always be possible.
A free way to wipe the data on the disk involves using a bootable Linux disk to write random data to the disk multiple times. Here is the … Read More