1 pass wipe of a complete disk with status

pv -s `fdisk -l /dev/sdX|grep "Disk /"|cut -d' ' -f5` /dev/zero >/dev/sdX
Overwrite all sectors with zeros in one pass with ETA and speed status. If you wish to do more passes, encapsulate the line in a for loop (7 pass example): for f in `seq 1 7`; do pv -s `fdisk -l /dev/sdX|grep "Disk /"|cut -d' ' -f5` /dev/zero >/dev/sdX ; done Note: Substitute /dev/sdX with the correct drive you wish to erase. Also, you may have to be root to execute the command.
Sample Output
50GB 0:00:07 [98MB/s] [================>                     ] 48% ETA 0:15:26

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By: qiet72
2012-01-25 08:25:00

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