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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 #21 of 39
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Killer7 View Post

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 #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by mikeseth View Post

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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post #23 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeseth View Post

True.
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post #24 of 39
So long as your not simply trying to avoid the party van.

I'd agree that overwriting the whole drive with 0s probably will work. The drive would only store the data it has on it right? Deleted data is still recoverable only if the space hasn't been used for something else right? I'm not an expert but that's my logic.
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post #25 of 39
The fastest way: encrypt everything.

On delete: Overwrite the encryption key (fast). Then overwrite the rest of the drive (slow).
post #26 of 39
If you plan on using the drive again, then don't use a magnet.

Use DBAN.
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post #27 of 39
If i had MINUTS i would delete format and defrag (hoping defag kills it) but with a little more time theres plenty of software out there that nukes all data on a disk and then fill it with meaningless patterns to make it unrecoverable.

If you dont need the drive however you could just shoot it or burn it
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post #28 of 39
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Originally Posted by kevinf View Post

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

I absolutely see what you mean. But, let us assume for a moment that the OP is nothing more than a guy who is selling a hard drive and wants to remove the possibility that the next owner could retrieve data from it.

I think I can safely say that a single pass zeroing on his drive will 100% guarantee no one will get his data back. Unless the CIA/FBI/NBA/AFL/NFL/RIAA wanted to spend ****eloads of cash and man hours on dissecting the drive simply to point at him and yell "AH HAH! You've been watching porn!!!"
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Thanks to the overwhelming response.


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post #30 of 39
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Originally Posted by mikeseth View Post

True.
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Just use some Thermite devil.gif
 
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