[plug] HDD Erasure
bret at busby.net
Sun Nov 13 00:11:04 WST 2005
On Sat, 12 Nov 2005, Chris Watt wrote:
> Hi Guys,
> Just curious if there is any way to seriously wipe a HDD beyond the
> point of retreival by anyone? As far as I'm aware it isn't possible
> without the pysical destruction of the drive. If someone knows of
> something though?
There used to be a switch for the PC-DOS format comand, which would
cause the format utility, after formatting a drive, to write a character
specified by the user, to each byte on the drive, so that, for example,
in using the command, a person could fill a HDD with the character '1',
from start to finish.
Perhaps, if an equivalent does not exist in any of the flavours of
Linux, a person could write such a script.
But I am sure that the CIA or the NSA or some other subversive
government agency, could find a way of retrieving data, unless a person
uses a blow torch to erase the data.
"So once you do know what the question actually is,
you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
Chapter 28 of
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
A Trilogy In Four Parts",
written by Douglas Adams,
published by Pan Books, 1992
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