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How to obliterate a PGP Encrypted Disk - Partition and DATA

Created: 10 Nov 2012 | 3 comments

I really had a difficult time getting PGP to go away - I was using FDISK on my MAC but while it looked like it was making changes, it did not.

I tried Darik's Boot and Nuke - you can Google that - and it killed everything the disk.  I had no trouble after that using TrueCrypt (you can google that too) to encrypt the whole drive.  

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Alex_CST's picture

You cant format a disk thats loaded and in use, or were you using FDISK on a different physical disc?  Boot n Nuke is a very handy tool, great for wiping discs clean

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PGP_Ben's picture

Fdisk doesn't wipe the MBR. DBAN does. If the PGPMBR is still in place, then you will have difficulty using the drive. Another method is to use DD like so:

dd bs=4096 if=/dev/zero of=/Volumes/VOLUMELABELHERE

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