I recently had my original computer stolen so I bought a second hand one and created a boot disk for Bullseye using dd in a linux VM on the original windows OS.
This worked perfectly fine and bullseye has been working well, but I want to erase the contents of the external hard drive I created the boot disk on.
When I insert it, it does not appear on the desktop as usually occurs, so I ran
sudo fdisk -l
And the output showed that it is being recognized by my system, and lists it as "sdb"
so I tried
cd /./;cd dev;ls -a
and the output does list it, but it obviously isn't a folder as stated when I the tried
So my question is, can i from here use
rm to simply delete sdb and its listed partitions in the dev folder?
My suspicion is that the issue is related to the fact that the contents of the drive is the boot disk I used to install the OS I am trying to delete it from. But that's the best guess I have.
I have also worked through all of the other suggestions that were proposed in this thread On the Debian Forum for the exact same problem. At the end of it, it seems they concluded that the ext hard drive is defective.
However I know mine isn't defective, because although I don't have another computer, I plugged it into my smart tv and was able to view its folder contents with no issues at all.