[clug] PC Forensics / Fun

Kane'0 kane at areujoking.com
Thu Mar 29 10:13:26 GMT 2007


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-bounces+kane=areujoking.com at lists.samba.org 
> [mailto:linux-bounces+kane=areujoking.com at lists.samba.org] On 
> Behalf Of Matt Smith
> Sent: Thursday, 29 March 2007 7:01 PM
> To: linux at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [clug] PC Forensics / Fun
> Hi all,
> Having just recently acquired some ex govt Dell PC's via 
> DOLA, I started to think about their previous life.
> I assume that prior to being released, either the govt's IT 
> departments or DOLA would run some HDD cleaning programs over 
> them, but I wonder "just how good" they are.
> So, has anyone had any experience playing with linux (or 
> similar) and recovering/analysing HDD's that have been 'wiped'?
> Can anyone recommend/share experiences with programs (be it 
> good or bad results)?
> Thanks for your replies, i'm very keen to see what sort of 
> stuff is out there (and what is still "in there" ;)
> Cheers,
> Matt

I've used Ontrack's easyrecovery on drives that have been formatted +
reloaded 4+ times and had few problems getting the original data back. A few
corrputed imaged was about the worst loss. Dunno of a nix equivalent.

Best way of wiping a drive is to physically destroy it. Rip it apart and
melt it in the fire drum.

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