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Old 08-13-2005, 04:03 PM   #1
abefroman
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Bought a hard drive on ebay and the contents of the drive are all ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


Bought a hard drive on ebay and the contents of the drive are all ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ?

Why am I seeing ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ in all blocks?
 
Old 08-13-2005, 04:20 PM   #2
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Someone has written over to wipe the data. Repartition and format.
 
Old 08-13-2005, 04:49 PM   #3
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Not a linux - security question. Moving thread to the General forum.
 
Old 08-13-2005, 05:01 PM   #4
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Do you know what program they used to do that?
 
Old 08-13-2005, 05:03 PM   #5
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Do you know what program they used to do that?
Why would it matter? If you sell a drive and use Linux, doing something like this:

dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/hdX bs=512

Would wipe the drive of complete randomness, unreadable garbage to remove any data from easily being extracted.
 
  


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