live forensics spin? advice?

Dave Stevens geek at
Mon Apr 30 18:23:47 UTC 2012

Quoting William Scott Lockwood III <vladinator at>:

> On Apr 30, 2012 2:14 PM, "Dave Stevens" <geek at> wrote:
>> A few months ago a client asked me to wipe a disk prior to disposing of
> an unused windows box. I used DBAN and as far as I could see the erasure
> worked fine.
>> Now he wants me to try to recover the data ("No, I don't need a backup,
> I've taken off all I want!") So I thought that since the unit isn't
> connected to the internet and isn't likely to be any time soon, that I'd
> try a live foresnics spin to see if any data is detectable. Does anyone
> care to recommend one? Or have an opinion about how better to proceed?
>> Dave
> How was DBAN run on this? If you are able to recover any data at all, I
> would very much like to know about it. Outside of electron microscopy, it
> shouldn't be possible to recover anything if DBAN did it's job.

well, as I recall, pretty much RTFM and so on. Just did what the  
instructions said - downloaded, ran dd and rebooted and ran with it.  
BIOS subsequently detected it but I couldn't see anything. Mind you I  
didn't expect to either so I didn't look very hard.


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