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The Cipher tool can overwrite deleted data in much the same way the Secure Empty Trash or Secure Erase options work in OS X. To do so, use the cipher command along with the /w switch while all programs on the system are quit. Then, from a command prompt use the /w switch followed by : and then the path to the location you’d like to overwrite. For example, if you deleted a folder from the c:/MYAPPDATA folder, you would use the following to remove data not allocated to files or folders: cipher /w c:/MYAPPDATA Note: The cipher command permanently removes data and so takes awhile according to the amount of data you’re overwriting.

September 16th, 2013

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You can delete an IP address from the arp table using the arp command along with the -d option followed by an address.  For example, to delete IP
arp -d
If you’re not sure which IP address you’re looking for then you can look at the arp table to check the IP against the MAC address by using the -a option along with arp.  For example:
arp -a
To delete all of the entries in an arp table (they do regenerate after all) you can use the -d option in conjunction with the -a option:
arp -d -a
If you then want to manually add an entry into the arp table you can use the -s option followed first by the IP address and then by the MAC address, as follows (assuming an IP of and a MAC of 00-00-00-00-00-00):
arp -s 00-00-00-00-00-00
In some cases I’ve had to revert to using hostnames instead of MAC addresses.  To do so, first define the hostname in /etc/hosts, adding a line that has the IP followed by the name of the server, as follows:
Then simply use the name instead of the MAC address with the -s option, as follows:
arp -s

July 16th, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Unix, VMware

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