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RE: Erasing a hard disk easily
From: "Schmidt, Michael R." <Michael.Schmidt () T-Mobile com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 13:18:09 -0700

IDE drives are typically formatted "at the factory" so you may actually make the drives unusable if you use a magnet.

Michael R. Schmidt

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From: full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com [mailto:full-disclosure-admin () lists netsys com]On Behalf Of amilabs
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 11:49 AM
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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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