‘Sanitized’ hard drives reveal secrets !!

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nice one joe.......i bet domestos sales are up after this article:D
 
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PGP also includes a file wiper that meets DOD standards.

There was a guy on TechTV that works for a forensic data recovery and found 91,000 p0rn pics on a formatted hard drive :eek:
 

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My computer guru has done HDD wiping as a summer job while in college, so he knows the routine. He said that the Norton Systemworks Wipeinfo will effectively wipe a HDD if the government wipe is performed, not the 1x fast wipe.
 
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Or you could do as I, physically destroy them.

The drive heads are cool looking and there are some extremely powerful magnets in them as well. I got one on my door and you should see people struggling to try to pry it off. :D
 
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So are you guys saying that "format c:" doesn't necessarily wipe everything off? I always thought that if you deleted all partitions, and created a new one and then ran "format c:" that it would wipe it clean. Not that I'm trying to hide anything, but I'd just like to know.

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Like the article says, the only thing deleting and formatting does is remove the directory and the directories listing and pointing of the files. The files remain until overwritten.
 
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Want to be sure....remember this number: 660°C

This is the melting temperature of aluminum...the primary construction material for hard drive platters. However since the platters actually use an aluminum alloy...it is likely that the melting temperature will vary. But you get the point.....

Destroy your old hard drives....I do.... ;)

PS: I am paranoid only because everybody is against me....LOL :D
 

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I once saw a documentry on forensic HDD data recovery:

Those guys can pull files off of the most destroyed looking HDD's!:eek:

Believe maxx: they ARE out to get you!
 
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Originally posted by maxximilian:
Want to be sure....remember this number: 660°C

This is the melting temperature of aluminum...the primary construction material for hard drive platters. However since the platters actually use an aluminum alloy...it is likely that the melting temperature will vary. But you get the point.....

Destroy your old hard drives....I do.... ;)

PS: I am paranoid only because everybody is against me....LOL :D

Please post address and phone number and we can help you Max. :rolleyes: :D Trust us :D:rolleyes:
 

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