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how to prevent access of hard disc from guest user in window 7 ?

i want to restrict guest user from access the hard disc data, so how it could be, i goes through this way gpcedit.mc, User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows ...
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BitLocker vs. Encrypting File System (EFS) on Windows 7

So BitLocker encrypts the entire hard drive, while EFS encrypts individual files. Is there any difference in the way that they implement the encryption? Do they both use your user account password as ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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Can I stop a format disc operation midway?

I'm formating a new HDD (Toshiba 1TB from NTFS to FAT32) to fit it on my old PS3. But it's taking a lifetime to get the thing done... Meanwhile I found on the internet some tutorials using other ways ...
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My WD My Book World (blue rings) is not accessable

My drive shows up under the network devices. When I click on it a windows security pop-up shows asking for my network username and password to connect to the drive. I have tried I am running windows ...
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SMART User Capacity and fdisk -l size value differ. Why? Security issue?

I'm just wondering why the size of my drive that smartctl ("User Capacity") shows differ from the value that fdisk -l, dmesg, hdparm shows and differ from the drive specification values from the data ...
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2answers
181 views

What is the most secure, efficient and cheap way to backup files? [closed]

I 've been using computers for 20 years and I have gone through several styles of backing up my files. In the past I used to burn files on CDs and DVDs, which soon turned into a huge mass. I couldn't ...
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1answer
45 views

Lost password of sata disk

a customer of me lost his password of a secured sata disk (Seagate). I read that SATA has a security extension which disables the disk by the controller after some wrong attempts. I also read that ...
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1answer
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Windows 8 drive somehow keyed to a computer?

Having an odd issue wherein I am working on a Windows 8 laptop and cannot access the hard drive after extraction and placement into an external enclosure that works. I removed the drive to pull some ...
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1answer
77 views

Is SSD safer than hard drive in terms of data not been stolen?

With hard drives, even after you delete its content permanently (not just moving it into trash), there is a specific magnetic techinique that can be used to recover data. From the point of view of ...
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Security-wise, is encrypting the partition containing the data as safe as encrypting the whole HDD?

I only have data on one partition. The only other existing partition on the hard drive is that 100 MB system reserved. My doubt is whether, leaving the drive itself decrypted and only encrypting the ...
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4answers
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Are servers at risk of “hard drive bombs”?

While discussing the security of my home server with my friend, he pointed out to me that with his SSH access, he could write files and delete them, over and over, ad infinitum and that this would ...
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0answers
49 views

Disable harddrives to limit what space the OS can access as a security measure

I have a laptop with 2 internal harddrives. One of them with an operating system (OS). This setup is what I use mostly. I have an external harddrive also with Windows 7/8 that I boot from sometimes. ...
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3answers
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How can I password protect my hard-drive completely? [duplicate]

I have a password for my Windows OS, so if my computer is stolen (hopefully) the thief will not be able to start up the operating system. But one can easily remove the hard drive and access the files ...
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5answers
687 views

How can I render an SSD permanently inoperable with no chance of data recovery?

On platter drives, when it is time to dispose of them, a degaussing takes care of the data and in most cases erases the factory pre-recorded servo tracks rendering the drive useless. What does one do ...
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0answers
774 views

Removing an ATA password - unlock hard drive

1) An ATA/HDD password is different than a BIOS password - it is stored in the HDD - resetting the BIOS or moving HDD to another computer will not remove password. Formatting the HDD will not work ...
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Can this be a good approach to making an OS more safe against malware? [closed]

Every computer can have two hard disks, one which will store the OS and related files and will not be accessible to other code. The OS HDD will only be able to connect to a secure server for updates ...
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0answers
448 views

How to Lock Hard Disk drive and USB Slots?

Is it possible to lock the Hard Disk and USB slots in Windows XP without any software? Thanks
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1answer
201 views

How to connect Linux to a HDD that has been “security locked”

In the process of playing around with several hard-drives, and hdparm's --security-set-pass and --security-erase options, I have a pile of HDDs that are in a "locked" state and I cannot unlock them. ...
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2answers
86 views

How to wipe the HDD in the most convenient and easy way?

I want to run in the background software/command (if possible) that know if I press some combination of keys in the KeyBoard it's will wipe all of my HDD data (much likely in the movie HITMAN). What I ...
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1answer
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How important is 'sync' for file safety today?

I have a paranoid decades-old habit of frequently typing 'sync' at a command line on my Linux (or any unixy) machine. Some part of my mind thinks this will make sure files are written to disk not ...
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1answer
214 views

How can I allow only one user to access an external drive?

In OS X Mountain Lion, I have an external encrypted HD (Mac OS, journaled and encrypted) and I want to have it only accessible for one user (or a group). Is this possible or do I have to unmount ...
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1answer
132 views

How to wipe a specific region of a hard drive partition?

I need to wipe (securely erase) a specific part (the last third) of a partition, wiping the whole partition free space is not an option (as other regions contain deleted data that must stay ...
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1answer
310 views

Hiding/encrypting an external hdd partition in a non-destructive way ?

i have an external hdd with personal info like bank details personal projects etc. I have 2 partitions, one for my personal stuff and one for casual stuff. I tried truecrypt, but when the disk is ...
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1answer
925 views

My Dell notebook shipped with a HDD that includes Full Disk Encryption. Can I upgrade it? [closed]

I have a Dell Latitude E6510 that includes a fingerprint scanner and a Seagate SATA drive that includes Seagate's "DriveTrust' full-disk encryption technology. It's a 250GB drive that I'd like to ...
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2answers
118 views

2 Independent Windows 7 hd in desktop

I have a PC with 2 HDDs and both have Windows 7 installed. How can I set up Windows 7 to make sure that when I boot from one HDD, I can't see the other? I want to be sure that neither I nor any ...
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3answers
121 views

Can data on a hard drive be protected?

It recently occurred to me that the data on a typical computer's hard drive is not in the least bit safe. I've taken hard drives that have had corrupted Windows installations and put them in my ...
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2answers
360 views

Use 2 Hdds in one pc as 2 different computers?

I want to have 2 totally different computers in one pc. I would like this to happen maybe with dual boot? I dont want the files from the one HDD to be accessible to the other because the one HDD might ...
3
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2answers
1k views

If I write all zeroes or ones to a hard disk, does that effectively and securely wipe it?

If I wanted to completely and securely wipe a hard drive, could I simply write all ones or zeroes (or even just random zeroes and ones) over the entire disk to clean it? It'd probably take forever, ...
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5answers
592 views

Can you physically erase data on a mechanical HDD without destroying it?

I'm just curios, if i have a HDD (a working one ie. not defected), can I physically erase all the data without leaving the possibility to be recovered? ie. to completely format the hdd. By ...
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19answers
11k views

Destroy a hard drive without proper equipment [closed]

I need to make two hard drives unreadable. Unfortunately, I have some constraints which make this harder than usual (in particular, they rule out the answers to other questions): I don’t have a ...
3
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5answers
235 views

Why do secure HDD wipe algorithms overwrite the same sectors multiple times?

I was reading somewhere that secure HDD erasing programs erase all disk sectors multiple times with a random sequence of bytes. My question is: logic tells me that surely doing it once to every ...
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1answer
249 views

How to destroy a hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dispose or Recycle Hard Drive I have some old hard drives that I want dispose. I don't have access to compatible hardware to erase the contents. What is a simple, safe ...
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10answers
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Determining if a hard disk has been removed and data copied from it?

Is there a method or a tool that can detect if someone has separated my hard disk from my computer, copied data from it, and returned it back? I want to be sure that no one has done this without my ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How to safely transport a hard drive across the Atlantic?

I am moving from Europe to the USA. I want to take a 500gb hard drive with me. What's the best way to go about this? I'd really like the information on the drive to arrive safely, although it's not ...
3
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9answers
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How do I crash my Macbook Pro digitally?

Yep, you read it correctly. I would like a way to crash my Mac OS x hard drive/hardware so that it cannot boot anymore. Through a software solution. This is because if my Macbook ever gets stolen I'd ...
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2answers
244 views

Will formatting a drive restore an encrypted partition?

I have a hard drive with a partition that has been encrypted, which is eating a lot of resources. My question is: if I format the entire drive, will the encrypted partition become restored ...
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1answer
1k views

Looking for a easy to use Live CD to wipe a hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Erasing data before selling a computer A remote family member has a computer that is going in for service, but she wants to make sure the hard drive is securely wiped. ...
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1answer
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DBAN MD5SUM Hash for Version 2.2.6 (i586)

Found this forum thread on SourceForge, but the MD5SUM Hash is for "dban.bzi", so that doesn't help at all. I checked elsewhere in the SourceForge forums, but I didn't find anything else. I also ...
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3answers
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How to reset an NTFS MFT for no tracks of deleted files names to be found there?

When a file is deleted from the hard drive and the free space it used to occupy is securely overwritten (wiped), recovery tools can still usually find the file was there and show its name. As far as I ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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2answers
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Does WD Drive Lock encrypt the data?

I wonder if WD Drive Lock ineed encrypts the data on a Western Digital My Book Essential device or just puts a firmware-level password on the device. If it's just a password the data surely could be ...
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1answer
1k views

ATA Security (Disk Password) support by Intel P67 chipset motherboards?

I've posted a question about securing data on a HDD, but I believe I won't get much answers, so I'm going on my own idea, that is to use ATA Security feature now present on most drives. My need is to ...
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2answers
649 views

Data protection on HDD: trying to sort out relevant technologies

I'm trying to understand how I can protect data from being used if a computer or a hard drive disk is stolen. I'm looking for reasonable protection against non authorized access to private data ...
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2answers
682 views

How to properly wipe a hard drive prior to resale? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Hard drive wiping? Erasing data before selling a computer I'm going to be selling a few old hard drives and was wondering what is the correct way to wipe these hard ...
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2answers
177 views

can you have a encrypted hard drive on a mac? or is it just partial encryption?

not sure how this works, but can you have an entire hard drive encrypted and can it be your main hard drive with Mac Os/X on it or is it more of just for data only? i.e. other than base os files.
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Why erase file with random patterns instead of all 0's or 1's?

Computer files aren't actually removed when they are deleted on Windows. The address pointer is simply released and that space freed for overwrite later. For sensitive information, it is recommended ...
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6answers
10k views

How to wipe a hard drive so that it's safe to recycle (while keeping the recovery partition intact)

My aunt and grandparents have some computers that they want to get rid of, all of them have windowx-xp and a recovery partition (which allows them to restore the computer to factory settings). So what ...
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2answers
272 views

Program to wipe HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely format a hard drive How to wipe a USB hard drive What is a freeware app i can use to wipe a HD? I have two 1) My external which is <1yr old and is ...
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835 views

hard drive forensics tool for linux

I am looking for an application I used in 2001. It was a curses application that displayed devices or files in hexadecimal format, and allowed searching through them and other functionality. I can't ...