Yes and No
by PKsteven - 10/1/07 11:30 PM
In Reply to: How much? by BrianZachary
There are programs, that if used by someone who knows what they are doing, can bring back anything that has ever been deleted on a hard drive. There are also programs that will destroy anything that has ever been deleted so that nothing can be brought back.
There are a few things to look at here. Typically, as bob suggested will work fine. The data would have to be important enough for most to even want to get at, it's not just click and boom operation. There are programs that will do a wonderful job, but unless you physically destroy the disk, <even that has exceptions depending> there is a way to get it back. Forensic labs can recover data using micro technology, even some disks that were burned, scratched, hammered or even shattered or course depending what portions are recoverable as to a certain point, no disk would be if properly destroyed. I leave you with this..
Unless you have some government files or work for the secret service, or important enough info that is worth the time and effort, Bob's suggestion will work quite nicely. Else a person's only option for complete erasure would be take it out, use it as a frisbee, then a cup holder, spare tire on a Tonka Truck, throw it in a fire pit, drill holes, hammer it flat, etc...you get the point.
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