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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 #11 of 39
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.

Low level formatting is long gone, from days of old IDE drives.

A single pass zeroing of a drive is a guaranteed clean slate. I'll have to find it, but I believe there is a pool of money ready to be handed out to anyone who can recover data from a single passed zero drive. No one has done it yet. (that I know of)
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post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

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.

incase the 5-0 knocks down the doors. If you want to "destroy a HDD in mins", use c4. biggrin.gif

But if you want to wipe your drive and give the HDD to someone else, then using DBAN would work, but it will take time especially which option you choose.
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post #13 of 39
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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.
Oh, I thought Low Level Format is the same as Writing Zeros which I thought is the same as Full Format in Windows.

ROFL, in that case just use DBAN and it'll be good to go, not like anyone buying hard disks from bestbuy is going to have access to the equipment needed to recover even a shred of data left behind. Just run a few passes and you should be good to go!
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post #14 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeseth View Post

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

Nope, low level formatting actually rewrites the sectors and such.
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post #15 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Raiden911 View Post

incase the 5-0 knocks down the doors. If you want to "destroy a HDD in mins", use c4. biggrin.gif

haha Battlefield 3 style.
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post #16 of 39
a few bullets through the hdd with a side order of sledge hammer will remove all chances of recovering data off the drive. it works for me. thumb.gif

EDIT:

on a serious note, it will be safe from normal recovery tools if you zero write.
Edited by firestorm1 - 3/22/12 at 5:24pm
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I once saw a show called "Mission Impossible" After Mr Phelps had his instructions the media that delivered it would "self destruct" is this what you are after? Has anyone ever scene the magnet thing work? yes we have all heard that it will.
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post #18 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by firestorm1 View Post

a few bullets through the hdd with a side order of sledge hammer will remove all chances of recovering data off the drive. it works for me. thumb.gif
EDIT:
on a serious note, it will be safe from normal recovery tools.

^this.If you want the drive to be usable.. DBAN
 
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post #19 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nicnivian View Post

Low level formatting is long gone, from days of old IDE drives.
A single pass zeroing of a drive is a guaranteed clean slate. I'll have to find it, but I believe there is a pool of money ready to be handed out to anyone who can recover data from a single passed zero drive. No one has done it yet. (that I know of)

Writing zeros in 1 pass, its impossible to guarantee data is not recoverable in some form. The money and knowledge to do such things if possible, would not be present on the internet. The lack of proof to support your claim does not make your claim true.

http://askubuntu.com/questions/21501/possibility-of-recovering-files-from-a-dd-zero-filled-hard-disk

Furthermore, here is the link you mention: http://hostjury.com/blog/view/195/the-great-zero-challenge-remains-unaccepted
Edited by kevinf - 3/22/12 at 5:52pm
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Everyone who says Dban is right, 8 passes. That's what we use at work.
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Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling 6x Enermax 120mm Blue LED 4x BitFenix Spectre Pros 120mm Blue LED (courte... 2x Antec Tricools 120mm Blue LED 
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3x 19" 1x17" (Games at 4010x1024) Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair Enthusiast 750w TX Lanboy Air Blue (Maxed Fans) 
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