Wiping a drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Wonderman, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. Wonderman

    Wonderman Guest

    Can anyone comment on whether the software from a drive mfgr. that writes
    zeros to the drive is sufficient and secure when transfering the drive ?
    Wonderman, Oct 12, 2007
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  2. Personally, I'd recommend that if it worries you enough to wipe the drive,
    you should remove and physically destroy the drive. Even "wiped" drives can
    have data recovered from them, if anyone cares enough to spend the time and
    money to do it.

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    Richard G. Harper, Oct 12, 2007
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    sosrandom Guest

    -Some machines can recover data that's been written over only one or two
    times, however. That's where secure delete standards, such as the
    Department of Defense 5220.22-M, come in. According to this
    specification, overwriting the drive sectors three times with specific,
    different characters constitutes one pass. Many experts recommend seven
    such passes to render the data completely unrecoverable. But reading
    data that has been overwritten by even the simplest shredders requires
    expensive hardware, so unless you're worried about professional sleuths,
    such thorough overwriting probably isn't necessary.-
    sosrandom, Oct 12, 2007
  4. Wonderman

    Wonderman Guest

    I just want to make it really hard and expensive for the casual pair of
    prying eyes to take a look. Thank you both.
    Wonderman, Oct 12, 2007
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    jrb1164 Guest

    If every bit on the drive has been written to zero's! How is any data
    Please explain to me. Maybe I missed something.
    jrb1164, Oct 12, 2007
  6. While it may be possible to get smidgeons of data enough perhaps to nail a
    member of the criminal element, the chances of resurrecting enough to be of
    use is marginal at best unless one pays $$$ to get it done. People 'flighty
    of thought' seem to imagine that it is possible to get a complete system up
    and running again. Running zeros a few times will prevent most from ever
    recovering anything meaningful.
    Mike Hall - MVP, Oct 12, 2007
  7. Richard G. Harper, Oct 12, 2007
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    yyj Guest

    Try dban disk wipe.
    "DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of
    preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer,..."

    yyj, Oct 13, 2007
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