We're getting ready for some changes at home, and I thought I'd go through the old hard disk drives I have laying around. Once I'd managed to get them all together there are a staggering 25 to be wiped :( Usually I use the excellent Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) which is awesome and very simple to use. In this instance, however, I'm also doing a fairly large data sort, archive etc and I need to have a functional machine to browse the disks prior to their destruction and reissue. Given my well know love for Linux Mint I executed an extensive (20 second) search of Google and came up with the following interesting information:- ATA, SATA and SSD's now have an internal way of securely wiping themselves! From a command prompt (elevate it to root for ease of use and make a note of your disk drives - if you wipe your system disk or data disk then it's game over! Maybe use a LiveCD?) Go and check out https://ata.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/ATA_Secure_Erase Th
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