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Formatted drive - can data be retreived?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nothingface, Nov 7, 2003.

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  1. Nothingface

    Nothingface Thread Starter

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    My bro wants his drive formatted..and he doesn't want the erased data to be retreived in any way..I heard that there's way you can get data back from a formatted drive..is there a way to completely erase it so that it can't be retreived?
     
  2. jskrakowski

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    don't know.........it cost alot....sounds like a CIA endevour.......................................tryin to hide sompin ( i won't ask what.....)

    it can be done.
     
  3. WarC

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    Formatting is the safest way to get rid of data on a hard-drive. And once that disk is formatted, and a fresh OS installed...I really doubt anyone could get into that data.

    Sure, it might be possible...With expensive data recovery machines and the like, owned by government agencies and large corporations...But hey, if the FBI or something wanted that info bad enough, they'd probably find other, fleshier, more physical ways of finding it. :(

    Format away!
     
  4. jskrakowski

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    yah.....after formatting..it's all gone

    did he do something REALLY bad?

    ;)

    unless the person who would try to find it had thousands (or maybe it's millions) to spend, they won't find it after formatting.
     
  5. Triple6

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    Unless the drive has been completely overwritten with new data; some, if not all, of the data can be retrieved. There is software for consumer use to retrieve data but the name is escaping me, it was however priced in the several hundred dollar range.

    If you go to the hard drive's manufacturer site you may be able to download a utility that will write zeros to the drive. That should give him some piece of mind.
     
  6. 700mb80min

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    Spiderbite is about all you can do besides burning the HD .
     
  7. jskrakowski

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    he killed someone didn't he?

    or...........jeffery domer stuff....ikes!






    ;););)
     
  8. DaveBurnett

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    Norton Utilities, Partition Magic and most decent disk magagement software have a SECURE ERASE feature.
    Just Formatting is NOT enough - there are many free data recovery programd out there that will recover the data.
    I delete the contents of my drives and then fill them up with a picture of a tree in Autumn - a 10Mb file - repeated.
     
  9. StillLearnin'

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    It can be done no matter what. That's why the cheapest advertised prices start at $750.
     
  10. Alex Ethridge

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    If we are talking about avoiding time in prison, remove the drive, place it on an anvil and beat it to smitherines with a two-pound hammer. Then take each smitherine, place it is a melting pot and melt away.

    If we're just talking about keeping the average hacker with data recovery tools from reading erased files, the Norton or Partition Magic tools will do the trick.

    Bring me a drive that has been only formatted and I'll have it back to preformatted condition in a short. Recovering data from a formatted drive is easy money.
     
  11. jskrakowski

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    what is this thread even about.....he can avoid time in prison for only 80 bucks! but a new drive!!! and destroy it in the same liquid that destroyed T-1000 in terminator 2!!!
     
  12. jskrakowski

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    you all a bunch a crackers!
     
  13. Nothingface

    Nothingface Thread Starter

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    That spiderbite is only for URLs. We're talking about all the data.

    Haha. Time in prison..something like that. Let's just leave it at that.

    I guess I'll give him the choice to destroy the drive, or just take a chance and format it.
     
  14. Alex Ethridge

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    If you are concerned that someone might attempt to recover the data, formatting alone, even if it is done a hundred times over will offer absolutely NO security.

    Formatting and reinstalling the OS still leaves all areas not currently written to, fully recoverable with great ease.

    There are hundreds of thousands of clusters on a hard disk. Let's say you format. The file is still there; and if you write a tiny file to a cluster where there was previously a large file, everything beyond that tiny files's space in that cluster is still recoverable.

    That's why secure-erase utilities are important. When I want to be sure, I run a secure erase of the drive three passes.
     
  15. danielno8

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    its not really for your bro is it....its for you....be honest!!
     
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