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Poll Results: Fastest way to destroy the DATA is to:

 
  • 35% (6)
    Use a Magnet
  • 0% (0)
    Format with several different File Systems several times.
  • 0% (0)
    Low level (full format) in Windows.
  • 64% (11)
    Write zeros to all sectors of the disk.
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post #1 of 39
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I have two WD 2TB MyBook USB 3.0 external hard drives.

I want ALL THE DATA ON THEM TO BE DESTROYED PERMANENTLY and unrecoverable.

I have tried:
- Formatting to extFS
- Format Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Format NTFS
- Format to different file systems mentioned above several times.
* ALL QUICK FORMATS *
- Tried recovering data with Remo Recovery (Mac) and Get Data Back for NTFS and it turned out nothing.

Is the Data still there? Data was originally stored using Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and had 1.5TB of data on it.

I only have tonight and must delete all data on it? What's the fastest way?

SHOULD I JUST USE A STRONG MAGNET? Or will that damage the drive? The drive should be usable but the previous data must be unrecoverable.

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EDIT: Solution is to NUKE IT! See below posts and next pages for more info.
Edited by mikeseth - 3/22/12 at 7:58pm
post #2 of 39
1. The data is still there and fairly easy to recover.
2. Fastest way would be DBAN
3. DBAN will make it impossible for any non-government employed to recover it
Darik's Boot n Nuke is pretty good for that, it'll take a while but it'll be near completely unrecoverable by civilian methods, just remember the more passes, the better! thumb.gif
Edited by Killer7 - 3/22/12 at 5:12pm
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post #3 of 39
As stated above, DBAN is a great tool, just use the most passes you can and you will be fine. Might take a while though. If you didn't need the drive you could always take a hammer to it thumb.gif
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post #4 of 39
Use a magnet if you want to destroy the hard drive, but it is the fastest way biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by skylinecalvin View Post

Use a magnet if you want to destroy the hard drive, but it is the fastest way biggrin.gif

I think he wants to destroy data, magnets have a potential to destroy the servo track don't they? and doesn't it require one hell of a magnet? That would render the drive completely useless if it destroyed the servo, so DBAN for Data, Magnet + Hammer(Woodchipper? LOL) for getting rid of it completely!
Edited by Killer7 - 3/22/12 at 5:08pm
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post #6 of 39
we just toss them in a burn barrel or take them to the firing range smile.gif
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post #7 of 39
If you use a harddrive recovery software you will still find a lot of your stuff after what you've done.

To ensure complete data destruction, DBAN overwrites every single 0 and 1 on your hard drive. This is the best and safest method
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A low level format is something you shouldn't need to do, and unless you really know what you're doing, you can a) potentially ruin the drive b) think you're doing a low level format when you really aren't. In most cases nowadays, low-level formats are done at the factory and should never have to be done by the user. Also, unless you ahve very specialized tools, it's impossible to do it on many hard drives.

But anyway, I'm a windows guy, so I don't know much about the mac file system. Is that primarily what you're using? As far as ntfs and FAT go, zero-filling the drive with a couple passes should be more than enough, and it's a safe way to do it, unlike low-level formatting.
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post #9 of 39
Why does your data need to go away so quickly? If you are in real trouble I would say destroy the drive completely (or at least the platters) because then you will be sure not to have it recovered. If you are just selling them zero-ize them. If you trust who you are selling them to, just format them once and say they are zeroed, lol.
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post #10 of 39
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Killer7 View Post

I think he wants to destroy data, magnets have a potential to destroy the servo track don't they? That would render the drive completely useless if so, so DBAN for Data, Magnet + Hammer for getting rid of it completely!

Hey, if BestBuy want's to take two broken hard drives back... That's fine with me!

Paid $159.99 + Taxes for this (each drive) with the intention on storing data on it temporarily while I RAID-5 my 4xWD20EARS and restore the data on the WD20EARS. Then return the two MyBook Essentials.

I'm running DLGDIAG (Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics) ... running full cycle, writing zeros to the disk. 41 hours left.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MME1122 View Post

A low level format is something you shouldn't need to do, and unless you really know what you're doing, you can a) potentially ruin the drive b) think you're doing a low level format when you really aren't. In most cases nowadays, low-level formats are done at the factory and should never have to be done by the user. Also, unless you ahve very specialized tools, it's impossible to do it on many hard drives.
But anyway, I'm a windows guy, so I don't know much about the mac file system. Is that primarily what you're using? As far as ntfs and FAT go, zero-filling the drive with a couple passes should be more than enough, and it's a safe way to do it, unlike low-level formatting.

Oh, I thought Low Level Format is the same as Writing Zeros which I thought is the same as Full Format in Windows.
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