Wiping data from a hard drive.

Kent Borg kentborg at borg.org
Wed Aug 25 15:30:39 UTC 2010

A note on prevention: if you do an install that is encrypted (even
encrypted swap) then disposal is much less worrisome. If you trust the
encryption, destroying the key is all you will need to do. Unless the
data is extraordinarily sensitive, return for warranty replacement with
no worry.

If you want to be paranoid and also physically damage the drive, even
poor encryption will make you more secure: if the recovery folks can't
recognize sensible fragments it is going to make their job more difficult.


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