Knoppix Limited Shell on PE1750

Adam Engel adamengel at
Wed Mar 9 12:53:00 CST 2005

We had 2 drives go out on us and Dell wants us to send them back within 
5 days of receiving the replacements. These drives contain confidential 
data on them which we need to remove.  Usually we throw in knoppix and 
shred the hard drive do remove any data. However, I am unable to get 
this server to boot into knoppix and receive  "Unable to find KNOPPIX 
filesystem". I am dropped into the very limited shell which only gives 
me 6 commands. 

Could this mean that the memory could be bad as well? I thought Knoppix 
only used the RAM as a large RAM disk.

Any suggestions on how I can format these drives so that no data is 
still on them, yet still remain intact and without holes when they are 
returned to Dell?

Thanks much!


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