[ILUG] wiping a faulty hard disk
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Thu Aug 9 15:03:46 IST 2007
From: "Timothy Murphy" <tim at birdsnest.maths.tcd.ie>
> 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
>> 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?
It doesn't matter much if you're a home user storing MP3s and p0rn, but
things are a bit different in the commercial IT community. Read a little
thing called The Data Protection Act 1988 and you'll see why. The
manufacturer might not give a damn what you're storing, but if someone who
might have personal information about them stored on that disk finds out
that you're doing it, they can make a complaint. Complaints usually end up
with at worst a public warning, but bad press is death in some businesses.
Likewise some professions (legal, medical, financial) have their own
regulations on handling confidential data. Serious violations there can get
very expensive indeed.
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