"Powerwash" via the cmd line

Neverware disables "Powerwash" everywhere in the UI of CloudReady in order to avoid any strange behavior for users - especially those who have Chromebooks that are enrolled in management.

 

However, it turns out that (for users of our Home Edition) it is possible to completely wipe the stateful partition (equivalent to a powerwash) from the cmd line. A user on https://reddit.com/r/cloudready posted this trick recently:

 

... after digging around in the init scripts, I discovered that writing: "clobber" to /mnt/stateful_partition/.update_available will initiate a powerwash on reboot ; so CTRL-ALT-T into crosh and enter a shell ;

shell
sudo echo 'clobber' > /mnt/stateful_partition/.update_available
sudo reboot

... your Cloudready install will wipe itself and you can start over.

Reference: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromiumos/platform/init/+/factory-2914.B/chromeos_startup#222

 

 

In my experience, for some reason, it was necessary to use

sudo su

in between the first and second cmds above.

 

Of course, we always recommend a fresh install from USB for the most complete reset.

Hope this is helpful!

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