Wipe a drive clean

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl
Mon Jun 23 20:40:38 UTC 2008

>> I'm having no luck finding hits for "wipe drive" or "zero drive" in
>> the mail list archives and I can't believe I'm the first to ask this
>> question but here it is anyway.  How can I simply write 0's across a
>> USB thumb drive?  I'd rather not install a port, if I can avoid it.  I
>> was thinking that something like dd would work, but everything I've
>> tried thus far is not working.  What suggestions does everyone have?
> Will...
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk bs=1m

bs may be smaller but not the default 512 bytes. it's a block size. having 
very small block will make the process slow

> ...work?
> Steve
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