On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Dean S. Messing <deanm(a)sharplabs.com> wrote:
I have a terebyte sata drive that I need to securely wipe clean. It
originally had 2 partitions. I deleted them using `fdisk', rebooted,
and then as root ran
shred -vz /dev/sdd
The drive is capable of about 60MB/sec, but shred is only "shredding"
about 25MB every 5 seconds according to its output. Since the default
number of passes is 25, this works out to about 5 days.
The `shred' process is running at 100% CPU, presumably computing
the special random patterns for erasure. Since I have 4 CPUs
would creating 4 unformatted partions on the drive and then running
shred -vz /dev/sdd1
shred -vz /dev/sdd2
shred -vz /dev/sdd3
shred -vz /dev/sdd4
in parallel cut my time? Would be just as secure?
Since when is formatting a CPU-intensive task?.
Think about this... the heads ALL move in parallel on the same platter.
There aren´t 4 individual head actuator arms moving heads independently. If
the ´arm´ goes to track 255, all heads go to track 255...
Here, news for you:
PS: this is also interesting reading....
Dual actuator HDs....