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Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive used when writing all ones is more beneficial?

As far as I know, in order to securely delete the hard drive's contents, one should fill it with zeroes or, for added security and harder recoverability, random data first and then all zeroes. In ...
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Decrypting old data from PHP extension

I recently came across an old website of mine that I had used the PageProtectionPlus MediaWiki extension to encrypt parts of. I'm curious to see what I wrote, but the extension is no longer supported ...
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How to securely encrypt data with a public-private key encryption scheme, but also allow decryption if the private key is lost?

This question is a followup question to Storing plaintext passwords for cameras - Security concerns?. In that question, I posed what I thought was a simple question, which actually turned out to ...
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Overwriting only Free Space with rubbish data to prevent data recovery?

I am aware of tools which write zeros or other useless data to fill up your harddrive, however so far all of the tools I have come across must fill up the entire harddrrive. My understanding of the ...
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Does microwaving a CD erase it?

I just read the question: Does microwaving a hard drive erase it? and now I am curious too... does microwaving a CD (or for that matter, DVD, or blu-ray) erase it? My initial thought is that some ...
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How difficult is it to protect your storage from data recovery

Many of my customers refuse to sell or recycle their old hard drives or mobile phones because everybody now-days talks about how popular data recovery program's are. Isn't it enough to use a software ...
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Data Abstraction Layers in Forensic Imaging

I am a bit confused from various sources about the abstraction level and layers that a file resides in forensic imaging. I have found two slightly different explanations: The first one includes a) ...
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Storing data permanently vs temporarily

My lecturer said that since hard disk space is so cheap these days, most organisations do not delete the data on the disk. Rather, they only logically delete it (remove the link to the data). If this ...
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How does forensic software detect deleted files

How does forensic software detect deleted files? When a file is deleted, the pointer from MFT in NTFS system is deleted and the file is no longer accessible from the OS. If our disk is fragmented how ...
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Data recovery from file collections [closed]

I am presently working as a summer intern. My first objective is, given a collection of files, recover and identify the file types present in it. To download sample pseudo-forensics data I have been ...
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Is filling up the empty space in a disk with any data enough measure against file recovery

If I have an important data in a disk (flash, SSD or HDD) and I deleted them, I know it is easy to recover these deleted data (even by using free software like recuva. Now if I fill this disk with any ...
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How can I recover a GPG private key from a PC which has died? [closed]

Long story short - PC with kleopatra processor died, and I only have a backup of my public key. I've gone into the HDD and tried to re-jig kleopatra in the hope it would remember everything for me on ...
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Creating a custom restore disk to prevent data mining?

I work in commercial telecoms and one part of our business is the leasing of computer equipment to call centers. If the customer for whatever reason gives us the equipment back (non-payment, out of ...
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Secure system generated symmetric keys

I'm developing a system that manages and shares user passwords (which are encrypted using user generated symmetric keys). But of course a big concern is the user losing their symmetric key and the ...
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Environmentally friendly ways to destroy hard drives

The best method to prevent others from reading the data on hard drives is to destroy the drives physically: a sledgehammer is a cheap and effective tool to prevent the data from being read again. ...
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What's the best duration for storing e-mail? [closed]

We’ve all become so accustomed to using email in our daily personal and working lives that we really don’t give a whole lot of thought to it. It’s the fastest way to communicate with others in the ...
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Overwriting hard drive to securely delete a file?

I am working on a computer that I am not allowed to install new software on. It does not have secure delete software installed. Suppose I have a file (or files) that are sensitive that I'd like to ...
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Is there any way of recover a locked drive using TPM?

Just reading I learned about the TPM technology and how it works. However, it make me wonder... if the motherboard crashes, is the data lost forever? Because you can't use the drive in other system ...
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Secure delete with urandom? [duplicate]

What recovery techniques (if any) exist that can recover data from a mechanical HDD if the user has filled the disk with a single run of dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/[disk]? Or in other words: is this ...
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Can files deleted from a true crypt volume be recovered?

I have a True Crypt volume that's set as a file. When I mount the volume and delete a file within the container, windows asks if I'd like to send the file to the recycle bin. While the volume is ...
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Is there any way to crack bitlocker drive?

We have disk drive that encrypt with BitLocker . Is there any way to hack or crack and recover our data? my key is lost. AND we haven't any backup from those data!
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Is Data Remanence a Myth? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is writing zeros (or random data) over a hard drive multiple times better than just doing it once? Multiple overwrites have often been discussed as a secure way of ...
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How isolated are files on a VirtualBox virtual machine from the host filesystem?

When transferring ownership of a computer from one party to another, it's advisable to perform steps to clean out personal data from the hard drive. Depending on needs, the type of data, and/or level ...
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Reversible, recoverable user data encryption scheme

From this earlier question, I have a general need to obfuscate a set of third-party credentials stored in a user account, which are then used in an internal Winforms software client. The scheme from ...
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Windows 7 EFS - connot decrypt

I have some files on my laptop that were accidentally encrypted, I think by Visual Studio. I didn't even know that was possible. Anyway, the way I discovered they were encrypted was that I changed ...
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GPG encryption date or GPG version recoverable?

Is there a way to determine the date of encryption or the GPG version of a GPG-encrypted file (with symmetric encryption)? I lost the password but some rough information about when the file was ...
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Wipe free space with zeros, how secure? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? If I wipe free space with zeros instead of random data to finish fast will that write old file to be ...
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Use truecrypt to make data unrecoverable

If I format all my drivers c,d,e,f and then make a truecrypt volumes equal to drive size then delete it 'the voulme' will that make the old data unrecoverable ex. d:= 30g i use truecrypt to make 30g ...
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Data recovery for pulling out all data, and software to find types of content [closed]

I am looking to do data recovery on disk drives and memory cards. For this I want a device or type of software which allows me to pull out the following data: Allocated space Unallocated space Slack ...