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    Very small and simple usb bootable distro?


    I'm trying to find a usb bootable linux distro which is command line only.

    I only need it to be capable of performing the secure erase features on recent ATA hard drives.... ie

    hdparm -I /dev/X
    hdparm --user-master u --security-set-pass Eins /dev/X
    time hdparm --user-master u --security-erase Eins /dev/X

    That's it!

    I have been using Ubuntu in the past but it's a bit overkill for these three commands!

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Many Thanks!

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    There's one called Finnix that might fit the bill.

    finnix.org
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikpotts View Post
    I'm trying to find a usb bootable linux distro which is command line only.
    I only need it to be capable of performing the secure erase features on recent ATA hard drives.... ie
    Rik,
    Welcome to the Linux Forums.

    Have you tried the Parted-Magic Live-CD ?
    It runs in RAM, has a menu option for running "dd" to write zero to the entire disk.
    Parted-Magic offers "uNetBootIn" to a USB install.

    glene77is
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