[Faccus] [Sec-wg] Hard drive degausser

Lawrence Folland lfolland at uwaterloo.ca
Tue Jan 31 09:52:24 EST 2012

We use a tool called "DBAN":

We've been told by both IST And Central Stores that this meets the requirements for securely wiping a disk (it meets U.S Department of Defense standards).  We can then use those disks in machines being sent to surplus for resale.


Lawrence Folland                                 e-mail: lfolland at uwaterloo.ca
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: sec-wg-bounces at lists.uwaterloo.ca [mailto:sec-wg-
> bounces at lists.uwaterloo.ca] On Behalf Of Carlos Mendes
> Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 12:32 PM
> To: Jason Testart; Isaac Morland; sec-wg at lists.uwaterloo.ca
> Cc: faccus at mailman.uwaterloo.ca
> Subject: Re: [Sec-wg] [Faccus] Hard drive degausser
> Hi Jason,
> We use the shredding process for old drives.
> It is just a shame to send 2 x  2TB drives for shredding instead of warranty
> exchange because we are worried about data.  There would be a lot of
> people on the same boat, as many of the suppliers offer a 3year warranty.
> For the last year or so with FIPPA we have been telling folks to by a new
> drive as opposed to replacing it under warranty. Some say the risks are
> minimum, but I really don't know what the HD manufactures do with
> defective drives.
> Maybe we need some clarification as to how to deal with this issue.
> Thanks
> Carlos
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