How to clean wipe ancient laptop?

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by act8192, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. act8192

    act8192 Registered Member

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    Pentium III, Compaq Armada. I need to wipe it clean.
    It's currently running old Mint v13 - Mate version.
    DVD drive is dead, so I can't use DBAN.
    It has 1 USB-1 port, but even if I could put DBAN on a flash, I'm sure this ancient box won't boot from flash.

    Are there any magic incantations in Mint that I could do to clear all user data, email and router passwords, etc?
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    act8192,

    You could remove the HD, install it in another computer or connect it via a USB adapter to another computer and wipe the HD.
     
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  4. act8192

    act8192 Registered Member

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    Brian K,
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    hanks, but that's impossible. Or so I think on this laptop. Their screws are some proprietary things. Will be hard to remove and put in an enclosure.
    Anyway, I got really lucky - in a box of archived stuff I had a replacement multi-whatever DVD thing. DBAN worked on that one, so all it well wiped.

    zapjb,
    Thank you as well. It's a complicated thing. I may try to use it in the future since I have another box that can't boot from flash.
     
  5. Palancar

    Palancar Registered Member

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    In a strange way this thread made me smile. I was actually much younger when I had a box that wouldn't boot from a USB. LOL!!
     
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