|K.S. Bhaskar on 21 Apr 2007 20:38:59 -0000|
On 4/21/07, Morgan Jones <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Why don't you just perform a clean install of the operating system?
[KSB] Please stand corrected!
Reformatting the hard drive only makes it harder to recover the data. Even writing zeroes or ones on it can allow a skilled data recovery organization to recover data. Short of using sophisticated tools like a sledgehammer to crack the drive open followed by sandpapering the platters, the next best option is to write a series of random data patterns over it.
If the laptop has to be returned in a bootable state, write random patters on the entire disk (e.g., using Darik's Boot & Nuke) and then install a fresh OS.
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