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The links I have found refer to CD's.

Is there a recommended or good way to do this all from a USB Drive.

I need to do a wipe to clear saved data, i.e. a 'write' clean.

Then I'll reinstall.

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You can just make a bootable usb with the downloaded linux Ubuntu iso image and then boot it.

Click on Try Ubuntu instead of install ubuntu.

You will enter the LIVE UBUNTU version(not installed.just running live for you to experience ubuntu)

In the menu there,start Gparted and format the drive using Gparted.

then you can install with the install ubuntu icon in the launcher

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This was the method that worked for me. – Michael Durrant May 18 '12 at 15:15
Thats gr8..!! :) happy it worked :) – Nirmik May 18 '12 at 15:19

Use Darik's Boot and Nuke!

Download the ISO, and then use Unetbootin to make a bootable flash drive from the ISO.

To install Unetbootin:

sudo apt-get install unetbootin

About DBAN:

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware.

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