[unisog] Wiping hard drives before computer transfer

Bob Kalal kalal at tardis.uts.ohio-state.edu
Tue Jan 28 02:22:55 GMT 2003


Again I say, If the data is really private or really
important -  heat and flame, be it acetelyne or TIG...

Bob Kalal

At 11:23 AM -0500 1/27/03, Pascal Meunier wrote:
>On 1/27/03 10:47 AM, "Larry Sheldon" <lsheldon at creighton.edu> wrote:
>
>>  If it were my job to worry about that, I'd probably find an old-fashioned
>>  tape degauser (looks sort of like a modern microwave or toaster 
>>oven, no heat)
>>  and soak the drive for ten minutes and call it a day.
>>
>>  YMMV
>
>That doesn't work.  You can't erase a modern hard drive that way.  It used
>to work on the old ones, but now even powerful degausers can't get through
>all the platters -- the outside platters shield the inner ones from the
>magnetic field.  Note that the degaussers for sale at Radio Shack can barely
>erase a floppy disk.  I put some floppies I thought I had erased into a Mac,
>and after working for a few minutes, the mac offered to repair the disk...
>Another floppy was able to crash Win 98 repeatedly, but that's another
>story.
>
>Pascal Meunier



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