fsck on FAT32 filesystem?
bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com
Sun Jul 22 10:36:38 UTC 2012
> Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2012 05:52:17 -0400
> From: "Thomas Mueller" <mueller23 at insightbb.com>
> Subject: Re: fsck on FAT32 filesystem?
> Regarding the security of various methods of deleting data, I just saw in
> Office Depot's online ad for the coming week, which is the reason I
> couldn't post this any earlier:
> Need to discard an old PC but worried about protecting your identity?
> Let us securely erase your personal files and pictures for only $49.99.
> We use the only permanent data deletion software certified by NIAP, used
> by the Department of Defense and Fortune 500 Companies.
> (quoting verbatim but formatting not preserved)
> URL was
> Personally, I'd save the money, time and gasoline too, and use dd
> if=/dev/zero of=/dev/(disk-to-be-deleted) bs=1M
> from FreeBSD or other (quasi)-Unix OS.
Needless to say, that approach doesn't work under Windows. <grin>
For *most* users, that approach _is_ probably adewuate. *if* the have
the know-how to use it.
However, for a _lot_ of end users, the situation is not quite that simple.
Trying to wipe the disk that the O/S is running from is fraught with
unexpected failure modes.
Lots of 'end user' machines have only _one_ drive in them, and the users
do not have any other 'bootable' media available, that they know how to
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