K.S. Bhaskar on 21 Apr 2007 20:38:59 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] OT: NTFS cleaning

  • From: "K.S. Bhaskar" <bhaskar@bhaskars.com>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] OT: NTFS cleaning
  • Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2007 16:38:53 -0400
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On 4/21/07, Morgan Jones <morgan@morganjones.org> wrote:
Why don't you just perform a clean install of the operating system?
Correct me if I'm wrong but as long as you do a full format during the
install you should be fine.  This is what I did when I returned my last

[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.

-- Bhaskar
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