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Re: Erasing a hard disk easily
From: William Knowles <wk () c4i org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 13:10:53 -0500 (CDT)

What computer person doesn't know a few friends that are gun owners?  
I know we're always looking for new targets, box up the drives and
bring them to the Defcon shoot. :)



William Knowles
wk () c4i org

From: amilabs [mailto:amilabs () optonline net] 
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 11:49 AM
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.

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