Re: How to go about permanently destroying data on HD that is going back to manuf with restore discs only?
- From: "J. Clarke" <jclarke.usenet@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 00:30:46 -0400
Barry Watzman wrote:
> "Permanently deleting it so that it cannot be recovered" .... taken
> literally, this is very difficult.
Actually it's not difficult at all. Pulling the platters and going over
them with a belt sander will generally do it, especially if you do it
outdoors with a wind blowing. Now doing in such a manner that Dell will
take the machine back is another story.
> But to take it literally, one has to
> be either paranoid or engaged in some illegal or national security
> One single simple wipe is all that you need, as a practical matter, to
> stop anyone other than law enforcement officials or national security
> officials from getting at the erased data. And while recovery of that
> data after a single simple wipe is possible, the cost is tens or
> hundreds of thousands of dollars, requiring harware not availalbe to the
> typical user (or even the typical law enforcement agency). After just
> one simple single wipe, the data becomes non-recoverable using the drive
> in a PC through a standard IDE interface.
> Dan wrote:
>> I recently bought a Dell notebook that I have been using quite a bit for
>> school/finances, etc. However, I've decided to return the notebook to the
>> manuf. and buy a different model. Considering I have quite a bit of
>> personnal info on the notebook, how would I got about permanently
>> deleting it so that it cannot be recovered? Since I only have crappy
>> restore discs, is it possible to format the drive and then re-install the
>> o/s from the discs, or can restore discs only be used to return the o/s
>> to stock settings? I'm confused about how restore discs work...
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