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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
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We will need more information. Would you please open a terminal and post the result of "sudo fdisk -l"? –  desgua Apr 2 '11 at 0:52
    
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 –  user13441 Apr 2 '11 at 0:57
    
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary. /dev/sda5 933 981 387072 82 Linux swap / Solaris –  user13441 Apr 2 '11 at 0:58
    
King, it seems you only have two partitions: one of the OS and one for swap. So you don't have to format any partition. Do you want to wipe or just delete the files? –  desgua Apr 2 '11 at 1:24
    
pretty much delete all files, but i figure if i wipe, then it'll delete all virus' and malwear? –  user13441 Apr 2 '11 at 1:29

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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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Also this is the safest method, otherwise it's possible that you would miss something important. –  Adam Byrtek Apr 2 '11 at 9:58

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