VMS Drive Cleanup Assist
cclist at sydex.com
Thu Oct 27 10:50:39 CDT 2005
On 10/27/2005 at 8:15 AM Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
>A sense of their own self-importance? No-one cares that much, except
>ego-charged management types. Really.
>After the disk has been overwritten *once*, the data can not be
>recovered without extremely specialised tools. Write a suitably random
>pattern over the whole disk a couple of times, and it is gone. Utterly
>gone. No amount of prodding with electron microscopes will bring it back.
That may be true, but you don't understand the mind of a manager.
Everything done needs to be done for a payoff.
IF there were a substantial tax incentive to let the drive go out of the
door, that might warrant a second thought.
But as it is, the payoff for ltaking the chance (however vanishingly
miniscule) for letting an employee remove sensitive information from the
premises is exactly zero. Hence, the safe route (turning into metallic
hamburger) is the only route available--unless the employee can come up
with a payoff. Eternal gratitude is seldom a motivator in today's
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