Destroy sensitive data using a flash drive
Continuing with security aspects of using a flash drive, sometimes data needs to be destroyed altogether. The only way to be sure the data is completely obliterated is to ‘nuke it from orbit’.
For most of us that don’t own an industrial NSA sized shredder that can chew through metal, were left with either smashing the physical drive with a sledgehammer. We may still need to reuse the drive however, in which case we can use specialized deletion software that corrupts and erases data in an almost unrecoverable fashion.
Flash drives can be used as a boot device to erase system hard drives using software such as DBAN’s Boot and Nuke, Disk Scrubber or HardWipe, which all conform to the DOD’s sanitization standards. Although using one of these will keep most people out, these methods usually require several erasure paths that can take several hours to several days to complete.
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