Forensics: Wiping a Drive

There is a lot of misleading information on the internet in relation to the deletion and destruction of data. Some of this is due to confusion in language, e.g. the difference between wiping and deletion and some of this is due to urban myth.

Below is a video, taken with the popular computer forensics tool EnCase.This video shows what happens when a single wipe is used on a drive. Not 2, not 8, o32, or any of the other “recommended” number of wipes. Just a single, simple, wipe.

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4 Responses to “Forensics: Wiping a Drive”

  1. Forensics: Deleting and Wiping Data « Data - Where is it? Says:

    […] is the most common myth on the internet. The term “to wipe a drive” means overwrite every single sector on a modern hard drive with another character often FF, […]

  2. How do you destroy a hard drive? « Data – Where is it? Says:

    […] Wiping the entire hard drive. Just once. Not 3 or 32 or 320 […]

  3. Strokerace Says:

    This is so fake. Encase may not be able to recover it, but there is other software that can. Most of this software is a few hundred dollars and available to anyone who can afford to pay for it. I have recovered files and programs even after a gutman wipe.


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