[ILUG] wiping a faulty hard disk
bigbro at skynet.ie
Thu Aug 9 14:49:10 IST 2007
Timothy Murphy wrote:
> On Thu 09 Aug 2007, O'Leary Patrick wrote:
>> I have a few faulty hard disks which i need to return to the
>> supplier for under guarantee replacement. The problem is that they have an
>> OS installed on them along with some sensitive data.
> I don't understand this passion for deleting data on old disks.
> Is it really likely that the disk manufacturer will scan you disk
> and steal your secrets?
You're quite right - it's extremely unlikely that anyone would look at your data.
However, the related impact from trolling public newsgroups with e-mails,
almost equally unlikely to be read may be a factor people should consider. I
mean, if at least some disk manufacturers didn't look at the data on disks,
that's Bruce Schneier out of a job, right there...
If you genuinely don't understand the concepts of 'secret', 'security' and
'data recovery', have a leaf through http://www.schneier.com/blog/
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