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Does anyone know if there exist a bootable USB key with shred that detects all harddrives and shreds them automatically?

It would be great if it had a config file, where I could set the shred value for -n.

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Why shred? Why not DBAN? – Zoredache Feb 22 '12 at 8:11
@ shred is just the one I knew, so I guess any other variation would be fine. Can dban be written to a USB key? – Sandra Feb 22 '12 at 8:21
@Sandra, yes, if you use a tool like uNetBootin. – tombull89 Feb 22 '12 at 8:30
Yes, absolutely, and with a bit of tweaking you can get it to boot to a mode that will wipe everything. That may be tricky though on a USB device, since DBAN will see the USB drive you are booted from as another drive to wipe. Usually the wipe all drives option is from a CD. DBAN is included on, which has really easy to install to a USB, and has many other tools. – Zoredache Feb 22 '12 at 8:31
up vote 4 down vote accepted

It sounds like you want DBAN - link to follow

guide on making a dban usb key

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I always use YUMI for such purposes. You can add any bootable ISO-File to your USB-stick. Additionally you can add multiple bootable files to your stick and choose which one to start(with Syslinux). YUMI has many preconfigured boot-options. One amongst them is DBAN. Watch out that you do not nuke your USB-Drive.

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