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Re: [vox-tech] Secure Wiping hard drives
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Re: [vox-tech] Secure Wiping hard drives

Perhaps dd from /dev/zero is the solution for this problem? Wikipedia
makes reference to a SpringerLink publication. See below for both. 


Wright, Craig; Dave Kleiman2, and Shyaam Sundhar R.S. (2008). "Overwriting
Hard Drive Data: The Great Wiping Controversy". Lecture
Notes in Computer Science. Information Systems Security 5352:
243.257. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-89862-7_21. Retrieved 7 March 2012.

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 03:47:39PM -0700, Norm Matloff wrote:
> Zeroing out all bytes gives some level of security, but is not enough
> against a truly determined adversary who has lots of resources,
> according to what I've read.
> A disk drive, being a mechanical device, will write to a slightly
> different physical spot each time it writes to a particular bit position
> on the disk.  Sophisticated sensing mechanisms may thus be able to
> determine what had been stored in that bit before a 0 was written to it.
> For that reason, the more sophisticated shredding utilities do more than
> merely write 0s; they will do so multiple times.
> Norm Matloff
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way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies."

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