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How to safely wipe a USB flash drive [duplicate]

I want to wipe all residual data left behind even after a format on a regular 64GB fash drive, the ones someone can scan and recover data. What's the most efficient but quickest way to do this? Any ...
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How is it possible that hardware-encrypted flash devices are safe?

I start with the fact that I understand how flash devices (pendrives) can be encrypted with software, for example Bitlocker. Simply, the encryption key is the password given during encryption and ...
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Understanding the philosophy of recovering data

It can be understood that if i delete some data, those bytes may not be written by other data can be extracted because the data actually resides on those sectors/cells. But i wounder how the bytes ...
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Howto restore factory default state of an USB pen drive?

The proper way to secure erase a SSD is to issue the SECURITY ERASE UNIT command. Then the SSD controller should send a BLOCK ERASE command to all physical blocks. One caveat: the SSD has to be ...
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Linux command to wipe files on an SD Card?

Are there any commands, tools or python libraries to securely wipe specific files from an SD or micro SD card (devices that use flash memory)? For example, with a regular magnetic hard drive, you can ...
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Are there USB flash drives with read-only firmware?

A security risk with ordinary flash drives is that they have re-writable (flashble) firmware, which basically lets a hacker replace the operating system of the USB drive with their own. Are there any ...
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Securely obtain information from a USB Flash Drive /Thumb Drive avoiding viruses [duplicate]

I have just been passed some data in a thumb drive (which I was expecting). While I'm not too sure exactly what format the data will be in, it should be a mixture of numbers and text, possibly in one ...
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Is there a real-world example of SSD data recovery?

Secure data deletion is known to be more complicated and elusive on a solid-state drive than for a regular hard drive. For instance, the logical block mapping on the SSD's flash translation layer ...
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Is it possible to retrieve flash-based encrypted disks content (SSD, cellphones, USB sticks, …) after password wipe/replacement?

I have crossed such assertions a few times on this site: One benefit of full-disk encryption is that it makes wiping the flash storage very fast.[...] To wipe the entire drive, all you have ...
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Is moving data between devices on an SD Card safer than a USB stick?

From the perspective of USB device-born malware/exploits, especially affecting firmware (e.g., can an infected computer reprogram an inserted USB memory stick to act like a keyboard and autotype ...
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Does erasing slack space ever make sense on flash-based storage?

Slack space appears when a file written to the disk does not occupy the last cluster entirely. For example, if I write a 512B file on the HDD formatted with 16KB clusters, only a single 512B sector ...
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How to encrypt data on flash drive to decrypt on another system? [closed]

I have a Mac OS X and a flash drive and I would like to store some files as a backup to carry with me in case I completely lose access to my computer (e.g. theft). I would like to encrypt these files. ...
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RAM Encryption. Is it possible? [duplicate]

Without adding any additional hardware, is RAM encryption possible? If so are there any known and currently used implementations for Linux or Windows systems? And if this is something that is possible ...
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My boss knew I had put a file onto a memory stick? [closed]

The office I work for sent a email to me by accident; it contained an Excel spreadsheet that showed I was being treated illegally. I put it on a memory stick for my own future in case I needed to take ...
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Encrypt a file before being copied

I am working on a program that will prevent data theft. I want to encrypt every file that is being copied to an external drive before it is actually copied using a symmetric encryption. Is it ...
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Lighteater - BIOS/UEFI vulnerable

I am currently a bit confused, I have read today an article about the BIOS-rootkit Lighteater made by John Loucaides and Andrew Furtaki. In their presentation 'How many million BIOSes would you like ...
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Anonymity of sneakernet: identifiable information on removable storage

Alice, an anonymous informant, would like to transmit digital documents to Bob while maintaining her anonymity. For whatever reason, she chooses to copy the documents to some kind of physical ...
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Hardware encryption for flash drives

Could someone tell me the difference between hardware encryption and software encryption? (With regards to flash drives, if it makes any difference). From what I understand, software encryption is ...
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Securely erasing USB flash drives from a bootable media

My question refers to securely erasing viruses from the usb flash drives, including the MBR, in case there is one. I was thinking of booting with Linux from a closed CD-R (a cd rather than USB flash ...
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How do I securely erase USB flash drives?

I would like to know if there is a way to securely erase USB flash drives without a chance to recover data from it once it has been erased. I know, that programms like DBAN can be used to securely ...
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Is it possible to completely wipe a flash memory? [duplicate]

i have a 64 gb micro SDXC memory card that has sensitive files on it and i want to completely erase it but i heard it was impossible to be sure that your data was erased because of wear leveling ? The ...
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Securely erase data from a flash drive vs hard disk [duplicate]

I'm studying for an exam, that's why I don't need software for that purpose (which is what other questions I found on this topic provide) but an explanation. The concrete questions I'm trying to ...
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Is the SD card write protection hard-wired or optional?

According to Wikipedia, the SD card reader recognizes if the little tab on the left of the SD card is in the "lock" position or not. Thus, a SD card reader can still write on the SD card even if the ...
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How hard is it to read flash memory off a chip?

What are the parameters in play, and what is a rough estimate of the hardness of the task of reading the contents of flash memory off a microcontroller? Of course, it is assumed that there is no ...
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What SSD maker has implemented Secure Erase to spec?

I have a Kingston hyperx drive circa 2012. I kicked off a secure erase on it. I then remounted the drive and was horrified (well, not really more like bemused) to see my whole parts of my old file ...
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Secure wiping of EEPROM and flash memory

Older magnetic storage exhibited some data remanence, so a recommendation emerged to wipe data by overwriting it multiple times with varying patterns — the “Gutmann wipe”. More recent hard disk ...
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Can wiped SSD data be recovered?

I was reading another post on destroying IDE drives, and how you could remove data, wipe it, or just destroy the drive. The removed data would still be there in some state, although not easily ...
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Is it enough to only wipe a flash drive once?

According to the documentation for the "diskscrb" command for wiping conventional hard drives: http://www.forensics-intl.com/diskscrb.html "Conforms to and exceeds the Government Standard set forth ...