Ubuntu – How to wipe all personal information from the computer


I'm awful with computers, I have ubuntu 10.10 and don't understand partioning etc.
I want to wipe my drive,everything EXCEPT the operating system (and auto boot obviously), without having to use a memory stick external hard drive etc, just leave ubuntu OS on but delete EVERYTHING else, is this possible?

Thank you so much in advance 🙂

PS. I have a format drive and format volumes option if this helps.
drive says something about master boot record, volumes says something about linux(0x83), which my computer once was or ubuntu 10.10 is? 🙂

Disk /dev/sda: 8069 MB, 8069677056 bytes 
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 981 cylinders 
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes 
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes 
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes 
Disk identifier: 0x0008fa72 

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1 *             1         933     7490560   83  Linux Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2             933         981      387073    5  Extended

Best Answer

  • The easiest way to wipe all your information is to reinstall Ubuntu. It'll take about thirty minutes, and wipe everything that you've added. I think you'll be hard pressed to find a quicker and simpler method. If there's a reason you don't want to reinstall, comment here or edit your post.

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