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Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

Like mentioned by a few, writing zeroes and ones or using some wiping program is critical when HDDs are going to change hands.  Formatting doesn't really erase the data. 

With that said, this was a good and informative topic to address and may keep someone out of a mess of trouble. 


AMD Ryzen 5 3400G | XPG SX8200 Pro 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD | Western Digital Blue 500GB HDD | 16GB Corsair DDR4-3000 | Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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Associate Professor

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

I hope you guys understand that those wipe programs hardly work, I can recover back about 4-5 basic wipes worth of data, can usually recover single pass DoD wipes as well.

Also, if you are using an SSD, or Flash based storage, don't bother wiping, even a secure erase doesn't remove what was stored.  Just makes it impossible for the average joe to recover said data.

The best security is this, done with the device?  Destroy the storage on it, physically.
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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

I've done that to a few.  A nice chisel and hand sledge work VERY well. 

If I'm going to toss them, that's the method I use.


AMD Ryzen 5 3400G | XPG SX8200 Pro 500GB M.2 NVMe SSD | Western Digital Blue 500GB HDD | 16GB Corsair DDR4-3000 | Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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Honorary Alumnus

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

I usually do the 10 pass on the drives I feel must be wiped and a hammer on those I consider "critical:.


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Assistant Professor

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

Then there is this:

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Honorary Alumnus

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

That has got to make a noise !


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Sophomore

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

CRUNCH! LOL
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Associate Professor

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

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Associate Professor

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

It's funny, because I have a friend that works at a farm equipment manufacture as an IT Admin Assistant.  He has shown me pictures of the firing range that they have for destroying disks, rather comical seeing someone take a shotgun and continuously fire at a disk, then run a big electro magnet over them.
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Sophomore

Re: Always Format your drives, Devices or computers

No way of recovering from that!!. Lol