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SubjectRe: secure erasure of files?
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>
> >I would strongly encourage somebody with fluent Norsk/English skills
> >to do a translation and post it to the list.
>
> I'll do my very best ...
>
> (translated by Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk - please don't spam me in case of bad
> speling :)
>
> With permission from the leader of Research and Deveopment department, I
> quote his complete answer:
>
> I'll try to answer your questions:
>
> The short answer is: No. It is not possible to read data that are (really)
> physically overwritten.

[snip]

In the non-destructive read case - true.

HOWEVER: forensic specialists can:

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/secure_del.html
or (same paper)
http://www.usenix.org/publications/library/proceedings/sec96/full_papers/gutmann/

>
> Addition:
>
> Still, it should be said that this is being argued upon between the
> 'wise' ones. This is - there are people that mean it is possible
> to read/recover overwritten data. But we have, as mentioned above,
> not found any scientific documentation or decriptions of how this
> can be done.

See the paper referenced above. There may be more recent documents, but
this one is quite clear on the limitations of erasure using the standard
drive electronics.

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