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Securely wiping a file on a tmpfs

I have a script that decrypts some data to a tmpfs, the directory is secure (permissions), the machine's swap is encrypted (random key on boot) and when the script is done it does a 35 pass wipe ...
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Can random data from a wipe or encryption of a full drive result in fake partitions appearing in the MBR? [closed]

QUESTION : Can the apparently "random"-ish data written to a full drive (not just a partition) during a random "wipe" or encryption be somehow interpreted by the computer as having a "valid" MBR ...
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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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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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Is using multiple passes for wiping a disk really necessary?

To stupid people, like me, you would have thought overwriting each bit on a disk would render the data completely unrecoverable. Why do disk wiping tools have the option for multiple passes, i.e. 3 ...
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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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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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Disk wiping other than DBAN

Sometimes using DBAN takes several days to wipe a disk. What alternatives do you have experience with that work within a few hours and offer the simplicity of DBAN? I am mainly interested in free ...
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Securely format a hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Erasing data before selling a computer I have just taken 8 old 250gb drives out of one of our servers. I need to securely wipe all the data on these drives, before they ...