How do I secure erase my disk drive then?
It's just a few .iso files of movie back-ups and tutorials I torrented. Still don't wanna get caught up if my faggot roommate wants to be a snitch, and I presume he may, as he's going to get evicted.
And no one will do anything to you for pirating movies. Law enforcement has more important things to worry about than some guy who wanted to watch Twilight without paying for it.
Piracy is a trivial crime. The cops will not bother investigating you, and if they do they will not bother taking your computer to do intensive forensics.
The feds have more important things to worry about. Yes, sharing movies is illegal. However, it is such a minor crime that they won't bother. Same way that smoking weed is a crime but the cops (where I live, at least) consider it a trivial offense and never arrest people for it unless they're driving or giving weed to children.
Furthermore, your roommate's testimony might not be enough evidence to get a warrant.
When I need to destroy a hard drive I simply go onto a ferry and throw it off the side into the ocean. I don't need to buy any equipment and I get to enjoy a nice ride on a boat.
Well, wipe it and then physically destroy the drive.
Government agencies use machines that smash, shred, or degauss the drives, military units use thermite to destroy their equipment if they don't have time to dispose of it normally.
Unless your hard drive has a HPA, any tool will do. If it does, you can use hdparm on Linux to disable it, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Host_protected_area#Manipulation_methods
I was under the implications that the hpa was being created by DBAN, due to the fact that the application doesn't secure erase the location it's running from.
>it's running from the cd
I took the cd out and it's still wiping the drive.
If it's just pirated files, don't bother. Move the files to an encrypted hidden partition if you're really that paranoid.
Campus IT is well aware that people torrent and unless they're seeding without a limit nonstop, they really won't care.
If you have more delicate data you need to ditch than thermite for sure.
Good to know. Similar to puppy Linux.
It's wiping the disk, and refilling it with 'random' data three times. There's going to be evidence that you tried to cover some thing up if they look at the random data
Fucking overwrite it completely with ANYTHING once, it's safe enough.
PS: M...muh HPA.
Fucking dmesg shows if you have a HPA. The sleuth kit shows if you have a HPA. "hdparm -N /dev/sdX" shows if you have a HPA.
If you don't, you don't. And you almost certainly don't have a HPA.