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RE: Suggestions on free XP hard drive wiping utilities?
From: "Ben Steele" <BSteele () portludlowassociates com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 10:12:27 -0800
From: MacFerrin, Ken [mailto:Ken_MacFerrin () csgsystems com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 9:20 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Suggestions on free XP hard drive wiping utilities?
Essentially, if the data was really that sensitive, you need
to physically destroy the disk..
It may be possible that there is a happy medium between "obliterating the disk utterly" and "del *.*"--something which
will provide a reasonable compromise between security and convenience. I suspect that if the original poster were THAT
concerned about possible file recovery, he would use a 9mm solution.
That said, there are a number of useful utilities for making it more effort than it would be worth to recover the data
(TO MOST PEOPLE). Something like Darik's Boot and Nuke (http://dban.sourceforge.net/) might fit the bill.
On a somewhat related note, I just recently purchased a Dell PowerEdge 2300 server on eBay which turned out to (still)
be running NT4 server--no effort was made to clear it at all. A quick boot of the system with my handy Knoppix CD
revealed user profiles, HR documents, PST files, etc. I am still stunned at the gross incompetence and/or negligence.
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