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Re: PC disk wipe software
On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Bill Stewart wrote:
> >There has been considerable discussion on the MCIP list about how most
> >*Mac* programs that purport to do this, like Burn, for example, leave stuff
> >over in disk blocks. My understanding is that this is not a trivial
> >problem, and it occurs in MUSH-DOS as well....
> Doing it _right_ is not a trivial job. Consider disk controllers that
> map out bad blocks so the OS never needs to see them - if you're trying
> to remove highly classified data, the fact that Diskwipe won't ever see them
> might be a serious problem, even if it is close enough for government work.
FYI the Justice Department requires degaussing a hard drive before it can
be declared surplus ...