Thanks for your reply on this thread:
in article aol.com, Tacit at
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> Many people refer to these things as "formatting," though strictly speaking,
> they are not the same. In fact, strictly speaking, formatting is not usually
> done on an IDE disk drive except at the factory.[/ref]
Right. Many people, and many vendors, perpetuate this confusion by sloppy
usage -- they hardly ever speak "strictly".
Hmmm, not to confuse things (further), but I use the term "low-level
formatting" to reference what you label "initializing".
Whacking the sector markers etc., would certainly make data recovery harder,
independent of what you do to the sectors.
By the way, disk drive manufacturing is _extremely_ competitive. If there
really was a significant demand for drives that could wipe themselves
(toilet image unintended -- sorry), I would expect that this capability
would be incorporated as a matter of course.
> Absolutely; this takes recovering the information out of the hands of anyone
> without a considerable amount of specialized equipment.[/ref]
I think another post on this thread (yours?) gives an estimate for what it
might take to sniff out a disk, and it is definitely big bucks -- and a
speculative investment, because recovery of juicy data is by no means
In perspective, it might well be fun to torture some disk platters in new
and innovative ways to remove all chances that some tidbit might be
recovered from them -- but, in perspective, the likelihood anyone would
bother with recovery attempts is very small.
Unless someone is already interested in your data, in which case you've got
a lot of problems.
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