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From: 313373 at gmx.net (Alexander Heidenreich)
Subject: erase with magnet

Am Samstag, 3. April 2004 17:09 schrieb Michael Cecil:

Hi,

> If you want to sanitize a drive and then reuse it, use a overwriting tool
> such as Autoclave <http://staff.washington.edu/jdlarios/autoclave/> or
> Eraser <http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/> and use the overwriting setting
> recommended by Gutmann
> <http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/secure_del.html>.

If you dont have such a tool or dont wont to use one, you can use dd on Linux 
(Use Knoppix if you don't have it installed)

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=1024

Change /dev/sda with your drive and the count parameter to match your disk 
size. Repeat the procedure two or three times and it's the same as you used 
an overwriting tool.

> If you want to sanitize the drive and discard it, then grind it up into
> little crumbs and burn the crumbs.  I just autoclave mine and then
> disassemble the platters to use as wind chimes.

I've heard it works to drill a hole and put battery acid into the hard disk. 
It destroys the surface, so it isn't readable any more.

Alex
-- 
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