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RE: Interesting One - tips
From: "Richard H. Cotterell" <seec () mail retina ar>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 16:11:31 -0300
Ref: Mark Ribbans <mark.ribbans () ctel com au>'s
message dated 31 October 2002, 23:59 hours.
From my experience working in the IT dept of a defence\aerospace
company, the standard for wiping hard disks that had contained
classified or higher data was to smash it with a hammer and chisel and
have it disposed of.
I would think it cheaper and less energy intensive to open the disk case
and take out the disks and burn them... :-)
Two ideas come to mind for WINDOWS users:
#1 - Eraser v5.3 will offer you the option of either: [a] Gutmann - 35
passes; [b] US DoD - 7 passes; or [c] Pseudorandom - 1 pass
I would like to hear of anyone having recovered data after a Gutmann
#2 - An interesting article well worth a read by Iolo Davidson can be had
at the following URL:
An interesting tool to have ( and I bet many Windows users have never
given this aspect a thought) is *Swapfove* which used in conjuntion with
Davidson's *scorch.zip* utility will wipe your SWAPFILE, the weak link to
data recovery in Windows machines that will provide plenty on interesting
data to those who wish to search a hard disk.
Richard H. Cotterell <mailto:seec () mail retina ar>
Thoughts to reflect on:
#1. Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
#2. Success depends on previous preparation, and without such preparation
there is sure to be failure.
#3. There are no perfect solutions; only intelligent choices.
- RE: Interesting One - tips Richard H. Cotterell (Nov 02)