[clug] An old debate: Forensics study of cleaning old disk drives sold on e-bay

Stephen Boyd bunyipr at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 01:26:57 GMT 2009

On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 11:44 +0100, Karun Dambiec wrote:
> Perhaps a study could be done into 
> why this occurs especially in households.

Households don't have IT Departments or IT security staff and aren't
subject to laws such as HIPPA, Sarbanes Oxley, Privacy Principles etc or
the various policies which cover government agencies (PSM, ACSI 33).

Secondly, although modern hard drives have an in-built over-write with
random data command, there is no simple click here to erase everything
button in any operating system GUI or BIOS to access it. This is
probably intentional in the proprietary world to reduce support issues.


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