1996-12-10 - Re: Secure Erase for PCs?

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From: Dale Thorn <dthorn@gte.net>
To: Jamie Lawrence <foodie@netcom.com>
Message Hash: b0985537e7733e23f1a0b1d1010de44963474571ee53205bbc3963ca947f62c3
Message ID: <32AD80DC.4CAD@gte.net>
Reply To: <199612100131.RAA19898@netcom.netcom.com>
UTC Datetime: 1996-12-10 15:33:40 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 07:33:40 -0800 (PST)

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From: Dale Thorn <dthorn@gte.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 07:33:40 -0800 (PST)
To: Jamie Lawrence <foodie@netcom.com>
Subject: Re: Secure Erase for PCs?
In-Reply-To: <199612100131.RAA19898@netcom.netcom.com>
Message-ID: <32AD80DC.4CAD@gte.net>
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Jamie Lawrence wrote:
> Igor -
> Thanks for sending this. If I end up porting it, I'll send
> you a copy. I just wanted to wipe a client's disk. I'm a
> little surprised that there doesn't seem to be any tools for
> this on the PC. Another area where Mac's seem to be innovative...

It's a hundred times easier to do tools for the IBM PC.  I make
utilities for the PC, and it would take no more than ten or fifteen
minutes to cook this one up.

But nobody answered my question:  Is there a shortcut way to do the
wipe, say, thirty times?  Ordinarily, I'd run the program thirty
times, which would consist of a data write followed by a flush,
which would take 30x amount of time.