Reliably Erasing Data from Flash-Based Solid State Drives

Michael Haney thezorch at
Tue Mar 1 09:08:02 UTC 2011

According to the Laws of Physics, information cannot be destroyed.
Data written to disks or SSDs that are burned, crushed, smashed, bent,
or otherwise ground into dust is "still there".  We just don't have
the technology right now to recover data from drives that are THAT
severely damaged.

Data recovery experts are getting better though.  I've heard of some
companies recovering data from disks that are warped, partially
melted, and even broken in two.

Michael "TheZorch" Haney
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for it in the endeavor of science. " ~ Carl Sagan

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