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How to delete file(s) in secure manner?

I intend to sell my laptop and therefor I am looking for some solution to my problem. How to get rid of all date in a secure manner? And as well the files which were deleted in the past are throughout some software still accessible. My disc has couple partitions. I don't want others to read my emails, see my photos etc. What is the best way?

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Personally I would boot a live CD and wipe the hard drive with scrub

sudo apt-get install scrub
sudo scrub -p dod -f  /dev/sda

See man scrub

You could use other tools such as dd

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M

Or DBAN - http://www.dban.org/

Then re-install Ubuntu. If you wish you can perform a OEM install

How to make an OEM Install?

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SHIFT + DELETE erase the file without using Trash, from command line: shred file

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