Gutmann Method on Empty Space
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Sat Jan 19 15:50:21 PST 2008
On Fri, 18 Jan 2008 23:38:27 -0800
"Jason C. Wells" <jcw at highperformance.net> wrote:
> It's interesting to note that Gutmann's earlier work said, loosely
> "If you do this, you should be fairly certain you data is
> unrecoverable." He now says, "A few passes of random data is as good
> as can be expected." Those two standards of performance are very
But he goes on to say:
"Looking at this from the other point of view, with the ever-increasing
data density on disk platters and a corresponding reduction in feature
size and use of exotic techniques to record data on the medium, it's
unlikely that anything can be recovered from any recent drive except
perhaps a single level via basic error-cancelling techniques."
So even those few passes of random data are overkill.
> I just want to make sure that any given day that the police
> come take my functioning computers way that nothing can be recovered
> that I explicitly deleted.
The police just take disk images.
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