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       nwipe - securely erase disks


       nwipe [options] [device1] [device2] ...


       nwipe  is  a command that will securely erase disks using a variety of recognised methods.
       It is a fork of the dwipe command used by Darik's Boot and Nuke (dban).  nwipe is included
       with partedmagic if want a quick and easy bootable CD version.  nwipe was created out of a
       need to run the DBAN dwipe command outside of DBAN, in order to allow  its  use  with  any
       host  distribution,  thus  giving  better hardware support.  It is essentially the same as
       dwipe, with a few changes:

       - pthreads is used instead of fork

       - The parted library is used to detect drives

       - The code is designed to be compiled with gcc


       -V, --version
              Prints the version number

       -h, --help
              Prints a help summary

              If no devices have been specified on the command line, starts  wiping  all  devices
              immediately.  If  devices  have  been specified, starts wiping only those specified
              devices immediately.

       --sync Open devices in sync mode

              Do not wait for a key before exiting (default is to wait).

              Do not show the GUI interface. Can only be used with the autonuke  option.   Nowait
              option is automatically invoked with the nogui option.

              Whether  to  perform  verification of erasure (default: last) off   - Do not verify
              last  - Verify after the last pass all   - Verify every pass

       -m, --method=METHOD
              The wiping method (default: dodshort).

              dod522022m / dod       - 7 pass DOD 5220.22-M method

              dodshort / dod3pass    - 3 pass DOD method

              gutmann                - Peter Gutmann's Algorithm

              ops2                   - RCMP TSSIT OPS-II

              random / prng / stream - PRNG Stream

              zero / quick           - Overwrite with zeros

       -l, --logfile=FILE
              Filename to log to. Default is STDOUT

       -p, --prng=METHOD
              PRNG option (mersenne|twister|isaac)

       -r, --rounds=NUM
              Number of times to wipe the device using the selected method (default: 1)


       Please see the sourceforge site for the latest list (


       Nwipe was released  by Andy Beverley <> as modified version of dwipe  from
       DBAN by Darik Horn <>.


       shred(1), dwipe(1), dd(1), dcfldd(1), dc3dd(1)