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

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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Why are drives overwritten three times when being disposed of? [duplicate]

I am looking at the secure disposal of old flash drives, and one of the standards I have come across says that they should be overwritten three times. Why is one time not enough? I assume doing the ...
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Is a single pass enough when disposing of a HDD? [duplicate]

I am in the process of wiping a number of hard drives using DBAN. I always believed that a single pass makes the data near impossible to recover, but DBAN has a default of 3. Is it any more secure, ...
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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 erasing ...
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What are the benefits of having multiple overwriting patterns for secure deletion? [duplicate]

When installing a new AIX server, there is a possibility to use several patterns for secure deletion. My question: Is it necessary to use several patterns? What is the benefit from having several ...
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Recovering Data from a 1-Pass Zero'd Hard Disk Drive [duplicate]

I don't want to do this, but I'm wondering how easy it is to do? Or to put it another way, I'm wondering "is a 1-pass zero of a drive enough?" From what I understand, it's completely wiped from ...
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Are there any real life scenarios where usage of the Gutmann method is appropriate? [duplicate]

Peter Gutmann himself wrote the following: If you're using a drive which uses encoding technology X, you only need to perform the passes specific to X, and you never need to perform all 35 ...
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Erasing files and passes - how to understand them? [duplicate]

A few months ago, I downloaded Edenwaith Permanent Eraser from the edenwaith website and set it to DoE (3x) in the preferences. I am using Mac Mini 2011, MacOS Sierra, and use it to delete files and ...
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How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive?

As storage technologies change over time, using different encodings and remappings to deal with sector errors, the best way to permanently erase/wipe/shred data changes also. Methods for flash drives ...
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Is it possible to tell if hard drive is encrypted?

Is it possible to tell if a hard drive is encrypted, regardless of what software was used, i.e., Truecrypt / VeraCrypt / Bitlocker for AES-256? Just the other day, I thought it could be possible to ...
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To what extent does formatting a disk (securely) remove its data?

If the goal is to make data no longer retrievable, how secure is it to format the disk? I assumed formatting the disk overwrites free space (thus making it a safe bet no one's going to be able to ...
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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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Writing file shredder

I want to write a simple file shredder in c++, i.e. a program that deletes a file so that it is not recoverable. Would the following be a secure and correct way to do that? (1) Open the file with ...
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Special form of file system to prevent recovering after secure wipe data

I'm looking for file system with reasonably error corrections, but rugged against forensic after wipe. Say, encrypted container via loop mounted like ext4 - journal file system. This is good ...
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Are files deleted before encrypting then formatted able to be retrieved?

On a drive I have a folder of files, I then just soft delete these files (not wiping them or overwriting with any data). After I soft delete them I encrypt the drive and wipe it with a single quick ...

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