I've got Ubuntu on my laptop and I want to completely remove it so I have no OS on it.

Google provides no answers which would be relative, they are only like "How to delete Ubuntu if you have Windows/and then install Windows".

My Ubuntu is 20.04, as I remember. If possible, tell me the detailed steps.
Thanks in advance!

Additional: The possible way is to format disk, but I have no idea how to do it because Ubuntu don't let me to.

  • The steps applied to deleting a distro as part of a hard disk also apply to the whole disk that you want to get rid of. If you have difficulties understand specific steps, please add those parts to the question. – eblock Jun 5 at 14:12
  • What is a computer without OS good for? You can format your disks if you want to remove everything, but note that it will be hard to use the computer afterwards. – choroba Jun 5 at 14:13
  • That's the problem, I have no idea how to format disk because it just doesn't let me to do it in Ubuntu. – KViiTEN Jun 5 at 14:14
  • @eblock Done, added – KViiTEN Jun 5 at 14:16
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    Should be fairly easy from a live CD or booting a from a USB stick... – Kusalananda Jun 5 at 14:16
  • Boot your system using an Ubuntu liveCD / liveUSB image or installation media.
  • Rather than launching the Ubuntu installer, instead launch fdisk or another partition editor such as parted in your preferred a Terminal program to alter the partition table of the disk in question (e. g. sudo fdisk /dev/sda). If you're unclear how to use the partition editor, in another Terminal window consult the manual with man.
  • Delete all partitions from the hard disk in question (e. g. /dev/sda). Be certain you're operating on the correct medium.
  • Write the changes to the disk.
  • If you also want to wipe the boot sector, run the following command:
$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1

Be advised this will remove all partition information, but is not a "disk wipe" or "secure delete". If you want to truly be certain that data can not be recovered, the most effective tool to use is a hammer.

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  • Where do I get liveCD iso file? Sorry if this is a dumb question. And after it, can I use Rufus to make USB drive out of ISO? – KViiTEN Jun 5 at 14:23
  • If you have an optical drive (e. g. a CD/DVD burner drive), you can use dd to burn the image to disk. If your system is still running Ubuntu currently, a guide to a bootable flash drive creator can be found at ubuntu.com/tutorials/tutorial-create-a-usb-stick-on-ubuntu – DopeGhoti Jun 5 at 14:25
  • parted might be a better choice than fdisk. – terdon Jun 5 at 14:30

I assume you have only one drive in your laptop. Just execute

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=128M

and wait. It will delete everything on the first drive (including other operating systems and user-data). The system will crash sooner or later, so this is not a perfectly safe method in sense of data security.

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