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Old June 10th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by altimax98 View Post
Ive always wiped data.... multiple times

The way i see it, it is like reformating the data partition. On a computer if you do a crappy wipe you will have remainders of files and data still on the drive, even if it isnt a complete file, it is still there..

When you vacuum the floor do you only do one pass over dirty areas?
Equating the removal of directory information of files on magnetic media to vacuuming your floor is like trying to equate rolling down a hill on gravity power to breaking the speed of sound with a MiG 29....sorry, not buying that analogy at all.

Even formatting leaves those same file parts on your drive. Try performing a full format of your SDCard on your system and see how long it takes, as opposed to a 'quick' format, which simply removes the FAT headers that point to each of the files on your card.

Same holds true of your Memory. A full format will take a lot longer than a quick format, and regardless of which one you do, you aren't getting any more of a benefit (from performing it multiple times). If our recovery systems perform a full format on the partitions they are wiping, then it gets fully wiped the first time - this isn't mechanical storage, where if you bump your phone it skips over a certain section of the medium. In contrast, if it is performing a quick format, then, again, all it is doing is wiping that FAT - and wiping it 1 time or 100 times will never remove any more information off the medium, b/c those file fragments will still be there after 100 wipes. Or 1000. Or 1 million.

Originally Posted by fireshaper View Post
Wipe once, disinfect later!
Originally Posted by DjOutlaw32 View Post
Wiping is overrated.
Wiping more than once is over-rated.

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