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RE: Erasing a hard disk easily
From: amilabs <amilabs () optonline net>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 15:27:13 -0400

Do you mean just using a big magnet or is "Big Magnet" the name of a
utility?  



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[mailto:full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com] On Behalf Of amilabs
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 2:49 PM
To: full-disclosure () lists netsys com
Subject: [Full-disclosure] Erasing a hard disk easily

 
I have a bunch of old computers I would like to donate. Old laptops with win
95/98 on them and some old tower desktops all circa 1995-2k. 
I would like to know if I can just use a magnet to completely wipe out the
data for obvious security reasons. I have heard about the disk erasers like
active kill and Perl utilities for this but with the ability of data
ghosting etc. is this enough? Can I use a big magnet like a speaker magnet
or something like a degasser to just wipe out the data without having to
boot these old boxes and go through all the extra work.

Thanks 

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