dd booboo

Daniel teletautala at gmail.com
Sun Feb 18 21:17:55 MST 2007

Dave - This is an internal "platter-based disk" that was housed in an
external encasing and connected via a usb cable.

Michael - I don't know if taking the time to find, install, understand
and use shred is worth the trouble for this particular disk.  I will
keep it in mind for other more sensitive disks.

Thank you all for your advice.


On 2/18/07, Dave Smith <dave at thesmithfam.org> wrote:
> Michael Brailsford wrote:
> > You should run shred on it.  dd if=/dev/zero...  is nowhere near as thorough as shred.  Not saying that the typical person shopping at DI will have the know how to read a drive that has been zero'd, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
> >
> Correct me if I'm mistaken, but given that it's a flash drive, isn't dd
> enough? I realize that with platter-based disks, magnetic spill over and
> residue can be read later to recover deleted data. But with a flash
> drive is this even possible?
> --Dave
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