[dm-crypt] mistake with luksFormat

Arno Wagner arno at wagner.name
Sat Dec 23 19:16:02 CET 2017


Hi Amel,

cryptsetup does nothing to the drive. 
It cannot destroy hardware.

It sounds like the disk died at the same time 
you did the overwrite by pure random chance.

Regards,
Arno

On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 18:22:11 CET, A. Kapetanovic wrote:
> Thanks Arno,
> 
> If I have good understood, you think I can throw the HDD ? This command
> 
> cryptsetup -y -v luksFormat /dev/sdb
> 
> Simply destroys the drive ?
> 
> (I didn't ask any other operations on the sdb).
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Amel
> 
> 
> Arno Wagner writes:
> 
> >Hi Amel,
> >
> >I would say your disk died while you were doing the overwrite.
> >That is assuming nothing the OS uses was on sdb.
> >There is no logout-timer in ssh and anyways, it would not freeze.
> >
> >Regards,
> >Arno
> >
> >
> >On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 11:49:22 CET, A. Kapetanovic wrote:
> >>Hi everybody,
> >>
> >>I did something wrong, can please someone help me ? I followed these
> >>instructions to encrypt a internal HDD :
> >>
> >>https://www.cyberciti.biz/hardware/howto-linux-hard-disk-encryption-with-luks-cryptsetup-command/
> >>
> >>Unfortunately I did
> >>
> >>cryptsetup -y -v luksFormat /dev/sdb
> >>
> >>and not
> >>
> >>cryptsetup -y -v luksFormat /dev/sdb1
> >>
> >>After that I used fdisk to create sdb1 and did
> >>
> >>cryptsetup -y -v luksFormat /dev/sdb1
> >>cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sdb1 prod
> >>
> >>and
> >>
> >>pv -tpreb /dev/zero | dd of=/dev/mapper/prod bs=128M
> >>
> >>all this I did through ssh
> >>
> >>but :
> >>
> >>1. After a time my shell was frozen. Perhaps has ssh a timer ?
> >>2. My HDD did repetitive noises several hours (now that has stopped), even
> >>after a reboot.
> >>
> >>So, my question please : have I to do something to erase what I did with
> >>
> >>cryptsetup -y -v luksFormat /dev/sdb
> >>
> >>And what is it ?
> >>
> >>Have I to do something more, or were the noises of the HDD simple my
> >>
> >>pv -tpreb /dev/zero | dd of=/dev/mapper/prod bs=128M
> >>
> >>command, even if
> >>
> >>ps -a | grep dd
> >>
> >>didn't display anything ?
> >>
> >>
> >>Thanks, best regards,
> >>
> >>Amel   :)
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