[CentOS] What is the universal (world wide) understanding behind degaussing harddisks?

Mon Apr 2 14:09:51 UTC 2018
wwp <subscript at free.fr>


On Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:01:56 -0400 m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:

> Turritopsis Dohrnii Teo En Ming wrote:
> > Good evening from Singapore!
> >
> > The foremost question which I want to ask is, what is the universal
> > (world wide) understanding behind degaussing hard drives?
> >
> > I work for No Secrets Agency (NSA) Pte Ltd (fictitious company name
> > used). My sales manager Edward Joseph Snowden (fictitious individual
> > name used) had *promised* our customer Leave Me in the Lurch (S) Pte
> > Ltd (fictitious company name used) that we would "DEGAUSS" their hard
> > disks after the PC replacement and data migration exercise for 15
> > trillion PCs (fictitious number used).
> >
> > PC = Personal Computer, which includes desktops and laptops
> >  
> <snip>
> A little too much other info, and overly eloquent. However, if your
> company told the client that you were going to deGauss all the h/d, that's
> what you need to do, contractually.
> If they've had a second discussion, and only want the data deleted, that's
> another story.
> Is the data on a different partition than the o/s (i.e., /data? If so, you
> can easily wipe the data, using say, shred, or DBAN (which offers both
> 3-pass and the full 7-pass DoD 5220.22-M). If it's in the same partition,
> and the same filesystem, you've got other issues. How do you *guarantee*
> that there's no user data - say, installed third-party software mixed with
> the o/s?
> Note that you really do have to make any third-party software, if it's
> commercial, Go Away.

Note that the original message has also been sent to the fedora users
mailing list, no doubt it's spam now.


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