Colin J. Raven colin at
Thu Jan 20 16:02:02 PST 2005

On Jan 20 at 15:10, Matthew Seaman confidently asserted:

> On Thu, Jan 20, 2005 at 02:59:13PM +0100, Colin J. Raven wrote:
>> I always thought that formatting/fdisk'ing twice completely erased
>> *permanently* whatever had been on the disc. You make an interesting
>> case that previously I never thought about in any detail.
> If your drive contains or once contained military secrets, then in the
> USA and probably anywhere in the West, standard disposal procedure is
> that the drive be completely overwritten with specific patterns of
> random data several times, and then taken to a secure facility where
> the whole thing is literally stamped flat and chewed into small lumps
> of scrap.

Goodness me, nothing like being completely certain eh?
This gives "MilSpec" a whole new (expensive, yet exciting) meaning.

Colin J. Raven
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