Hard Drive Data Security
Posted 19 October 2009 - 07:40 AM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 07:44 AM
Is the drive completely non-functional?
Posted 19 October 2009 - 08:59 AM
Have you explained to them that there is physical data on the hard drive??
Posted 19 October 2009 - 10:58 AM
Posted 19 October 2009 - 06:46 PM
That is not correct Slik. Many times they refurbish the drive by replacing the electronics of the drive if the mechanical components are still functional (which they are the majority of the time). I had to send one back in an instance like that. If the member opens the drive or scratches the drive, the member has voided the warranty and will be charged for the replacement drive. The degaussing coil was the best idea, but even that may leave traces.
The best idea is to discuss this with the manufacturer and find out if when the drive is refurbished the drive is securely wiped.
Posted 20 October 2009 - 10:24 AM
In general, this is a tough issue. One would hope that a manufacturer would respect your privacy and wipe the data securely or destroy the drive when they got it, but seeing as I am extremely cynical, I personally do not trust them. As such, if I have no good way to wipe a drive myself, then I might likely be inclined to just purchase a new drive myself so that I can destroy the old drive myself...unless I feel there is nothing "critical" on the drive.
At a minimum, I would ask the manufacturer what their policy is regarding people's data and how they handle data on drives that are returned for warranty. Once you get that information from them, then you can decide if it is acceptable to you or not.