Re: Failed Hard Drive
From: Michael Pelletier (mjpelletier_at_mjpelletier.com)
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 22:26:03 -0700
> Apparently the hard drive is beyond repair.
> The technician had me go into bios and no hard drive was detected. I have
> used software to scrub a drive before, but that won't work in this case.
> "nemo_outis" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> Michael Pelletier <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>>> nemo_outis wrote:
>>>> "---" <email@example.com> wrote in news:KU9ie.1380224$6l.107372@pd7tw2no:
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>>>>> I have a laptop that had a hard drive containing sensitive material.
>>>>> The hard drive has failed ...
>>> Ah...how is he supposed to do that when the dirve no worky worky????
>>> Don't think software is a solution there chief...
>> How adroitly you leap to conclusions. The original poster stated only
>> the drive had failed, not the nature of the failure (perhaps only a noisy
>> bearing?). It is by no means clear that the drive was unwritable.
>> However, it was not by accident that I included the disjunctive "or" in
>> post. If multiple overwriting of the drive is not feasible for any
>> it hould be destroyed. Degaussing is unlikely to be effective and there
>> no practical way of confirming its effectiveness. Unless one is
>> satisfied to run blind and naked, this will not do.
I would look at it like this. If the info on the disk is sensitive but not
really ciritcal I would try degaussing it. If you have critical (ie bank
statements, etc) on it. I would destroy the drive by taking it apart and
chucking it in a river...That is my take.
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