Re: Zeroing data blocks

From: Ian Stirling
Date: Sat Aug 05 2006 - 16:29:20 EST

Arjan van de Ven wrote:
On Sat, 2006-08-05 at 10:13 -0700, Avinash Ramanath wrote:


I want to do this at the filesystem-level not in user-space.
I have a stackable-filesystem that runs as a layer on top of the
existing filesystem (with all the function pointers mapped to the
corresponding base filesystem function pointers, and other suitable
So yes I have access to the filesystem.
But the question is how can I access those particular data-blocks?

I think you misunderstood: You need to do this in the filesystem layer
that allocates and tracks the blocks. You really can't do it outside

On modern (>200 meg or so) disk drives, you can't do it at all without drive-specific debug tools.

The problem is that the drive, if it detects a bad sector, may well
remap the track that the sector is on to a spare track. You then
simply cannot access the old track. The drive may or may not zero
it for you.
Any standard access will simply ignore the old copy of the track.
It may or may not be possible to retrieve/erase it with disk-drive
specific tools that the vendor won't give you anyway.

If you want to do this reliably - you need to encrypt the disk
(not with loopcrypt or dm-crypt in its current state) so you can
just throw it away.
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