REFLECTIONS ON A SELF-INFLICTED WOUND
From The Webfairy
Oct. 10, 2003
Thru Sartre's BATR Yahoo Group
Yesterday I did something so remarkably stupid I can only shake my head in
I formatted the wrong drive. Instead of formatting my portable drive, I
big drive with all my source files on it.
By the time I noticed, it was too late to say whoops.
I've recovered almost everything now, so I want to share what I have
Number One, is if you ever sell your old computer, or put it in the alley,
the drive does not help one bit to protect your privacy or erase your files.
I am grateful for this fact right now, cos I am glad I could recover my
If I were a crook, buying up old computers and running this disk recovery
them would generate enough passwords, personal data, etc to be truly
The second thing I learned is that defragmenting one's drive regularly
every nite) would be an excellent policy I wish I'd followed.
Files that were fragmented did not recover cleanly.
My problem was self-inflicted, but there is an all-too-easy exploit
that could have done the same thing.
Scrap Files Can Tear You Up
Please take time to follow the instructions on this page to protect yourself
exploit, particularly if you have more than one drive.
REcovery has cost me $50 for a program, and about 18 unrecoverable hours so
appears I have lost nothing irreplacable except my time.
Just yesterday I was approached to try to recover some data from a hard drive that was shot with a 45. This approach to destroy data was MOST effective. So if you wish to destroy data you may want to consider it.
If you Fdisk your hard drive, this is usually all that is needed for disposal.