Using Diskpart on Failed Drive Containing Images


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I recently had a disk failure which stored several Reflect images and File-Folder backups.  Before discarding the disk, I'd like to make sure all traces of data are removed.  I haven't used many of the Diskpart features but am curious if the "Clean" command would accomplish this.


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Hi @capair45

While the data is removed from the disk there is still a chance the data can be recovered using 3rd party software from only running diskpart > clean.

Using a 3rd party tool such as DBAN will have a greater chance of making sure the data on the disk is not recoverable from 3rd party software. 

There is always the physical option of smashing the disk and destroying the internals Smile

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Thank you @JoeA!


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capair45 - 28 September 2023 2:46 PM
I recently had a disk failure which stored several Reflect images and File-Folder backups.  Before discarding the disk, I'd like to make sure all traces of data are removed.  I haven't used many of the Diskpart features but am curious if the "Clean" command would accomplish this.

use diskpart /clean all
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To be absolutely sure you can't recover the data, I'd first use Eraser to wipe all the data.  Then, I'd use a 3rd party partitioning tool to wipe the partition.  While this will take an awful lot of time, on the order of days depending on the size of the drive and how securely you wipe it, it would better increase the likelihood of unrecoverable data.  Of course, even the best methods have a chance of being recovered by forensic experts.

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dbminter - 28 September 2023 7:31 PM
To be absolutely sure you can't recover the data, I'd first use Eraser to wipe all the data.  Then, I'd use a 3rd party partitioning tool to wipe the partition.  While this will take an awful lot of time, on the order of days depending on the size of the drive and how securely you wipe it, it would better increase the likelihood of unrecoverable data.  Of course, even the best methods have a chance of being recovered by forensic experts.

In the end, I used Diskpart's "clean" command along with your suggestion of Eraser (nice little utility).  I'm happy with the results. 

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