How to Remove Sensitive Information / Data from Your Hard-Disk Using the Format Utility

(Doc ID 1008773.1)

Last updated on MARCH 12, 2017

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8.0 and later
All Platforms


It is often useful to be able to completely and permanently remove data from hard disks.

While the only certain way of doing this, is to destroy the disk, there are other alternatives that are very effective, and less costly. The intuitive ways of erasing a disk using rm -rf, newfs, or even reformatting, will not remove all the "bits" from the magnetic media.

The content of this document was also published on the Oracle Technology Network Webpage:

Trusted Solaris Operating System - Technical FAQs Question How do I remove sensitive information from a disk?


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