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Date:      Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:06:04 +0200
From:      "Michael Ross" <gmx@ross.cx>
To:        "Wojciech Puchar" <wojtek@wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl>, "Bruce Cran" <bruce@cran.org.uk>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org, Robert Bonomi <bonomi@mail.r-bonomi.com>
Subject:   Re: fsck on FAT32 filesystem?
Message-ID:  <op.whuxsezgg7njmm@michael-think>
In-Reply-To: <500C1788.8000505@cran.org.uk>
References:  <201207221038.q6MAc8kW022215@mail.r-bonomi.com> <500C0B21.3020001@cran.org.uk> <alpine.BSF.2.00.1207221701330.2621@wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl> <500C1788.8000505@cran.org.uk>

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On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:08:56 +0200, Bruce Cran <bruce@cran.org.uk> wrote:

> On 22/07/2012 16:01, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
>>> 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M' works under Cygwin - or you can  
>>> just write a load of zeros to \\.\PhysicalDrive0 .
>>
>> who prevents you to bood live CD or pendrive with FreeBSD (or  
>> openbsd,netbsd,linux,solaris,whatever usable)?
>
> Nobody - I didn't say users couldn't boot from a FreeBSD/etc live CD,  
> but zeroing the disk in Cygwin is an alternative.
>

Microsoft's format.exe can zero a volume, at least in the newer (>2008)  
versions:

/p:<passes> : Zeros every sector on the volume for the number of passes  
specified.


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730730(v=ws.10)


Regards,

Michael


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