The Best way to Remove Data

Posted on 2009-12-16
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I am getting ready to get rid of a server that is running Windows 2003 Server
and wanted to make sure I get all the data off. What would be the best way to make sure that I have removed all of the data?

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The simple way is that with out using any third party tools,

Copy all the data to the destination server and make sure you have copied everything.

Format the server disks (not quick format).

Make sure you untick Quick Format during formating.

No recovery software can recover this kind of format.
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there are ways to retrieve data even from a low level format of the HDD. You have two options to make sure that the data is not retrieved.
- get two powerful magnet and sandwich the HDD
- use software that writes garbage data on the HDD and then low format it. whoever tries restoring will end up with garbage data

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Take the hard drives out and smash em? If you want data destruction you need to have some real destruction. If you dont want to get the hammer out you could try a program like boot and nuke or active kill disk.

These both have the option to Department of Defense standardst to wipe the HDDs.
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