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Erase free disk space from the command line
Authored by: transeau on Apr 24, '08 10:59:28AM

some of us do. given, this isn't the best way to go about it, it would help prevent some data recovery.

if you want to use this method, i would recommend booting into single use mode first. (cmd-opt-s)

diskutil is the correct way to do this.

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Disk Utility Tool
Usage: diskutil secureErase [freespace] level
MountPoint|DiskIdentifier|DeviceNode
Securely erases a disk or its freespace.
Level should be one of the following:
1 - Single-pass randomly erase the disk.
2 - US DoD 7-pass secure erase.
3 - Gutmann algorithm 35-pass secure erase.
Ownership of the affected disk is required.
Example: diskutil secureErase 2 /dev/disk2
Note: Level 2 or level 3 secure erases can take an extremely long time.



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