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Hardware Thread, What to do with old 2.5" drives? in Technical; Originally Posted by pete Our lot chop them up and use them for casting: Attachment 21247 Attachment 21248 That's pretty ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Our lot chop them up and use them for casting:

    Attachment 21247 Attachment 21248
    That's pretty cool, I like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Our lot chop them up and use them for casting:

    Attachment 21247 Attachment 21248
    I'd like to see the NSA recover that data.

    Regarding DBAN, I use it here but due to it not being certified or whatever is it an acceptable method of wiping a hard drive as far as the DPA is concerned? I use the DoD short method for quickness to secure ratio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    As we have replaced a batch of machines with SSDs we have a stack of 2.5" drives sat doing nothing, thoughts on what we could use them for?
    USB 2 / 3 caddy's and use them like a memory stick to store useful utils / data ( make them bootable if you want to ) so you can diagnose laptops / desktops with and backup peoples data etc etc

    I could use a wodge of em so if you would be willing to send me a few - I'd take some off ya hands !!

    Or maybe keep them as backups so if you have a few SSD's fail then you could swap the SSD for the normal 2.5" drive and re image, continue to use until you get the replacement SSD etc ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Depends on size, but Ebay? 2.5" SATA drives have value due to the number of PS3s with stingy capacity drives. We have a huge number of brand new drives sitting about due to SSD swap outs - they'll be sold.
    Relatedly, do you buy systems then pull the drives for externally sourced ssds often, we may have to look into that thanks to the 200+ dollar extra for ssds from reasonable brand hardware suppliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    USB 2 / 3 caddy's and use them like a memory stick to store useful utils / data ( make them bootable if you want to ) so you can diagnose laptops / desktops with and backup peoples data etc etc

    I could use a wodge of em so if you would be willing to send me a few - I'd take some off ya hands !!

    Or maybe keep them as backups so if you have a few SSD's fail then you could swap the SSD for the normal 2.5" drive and re image, continue to use until you get the replacement SSD etc ??
    Done this a stack load, there is even a caddy that will emulate a blueray or DVD or fed as well as a drive which works great with these, they are a bit touchy with Seagate drives but are really useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Done this a stack load, there is even a caddy that will emulate a blueray or DVD or fed as well as a drive which works great with these, they are a bit touchy with Seagate drives but are really useful.
    Got a linky to that type of caddy @SYNACK ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Got a linky to that type of caddy @SYNACK ?
    I have one of these ::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions ::: that can emulate a DVD/CD from an ISO. It's been a god send for traveling from school to school with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    I have one of these ::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions ::: that can emulate a DVD/CD from an ISO. It's been a god send for traveling from school to school with.
    How much for one of these in UK Pounds Sterling ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    How much for one of these in UK Pounds Sterling ?
    @mac_shinobi 30 +VAT

    edit: That's a USB 3.0 version

    There's also one with an LCD screen for 39.99
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    Got mine from quiet pc, although I'm sure I only paid about 20 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Got a linky to that type of caddy @SYNACK ?
    Quote Originally Posted by bladedanny View Post
    I have one of these ::: Zalman, leading the world of Quiet Computing Solutions ::: that can emulate a DVD/CD from an ISO. It's been a god send for traveling from school to school with.
    That's the one, the have the 300 and 400 which do usb3 and pin code locking to, ordered mine from the UK and was great till the drive decided to take the shaken and not stirred Seagate drives smart register seriously and locked it to read only. That is the other cool thing though, there is a switch that sets it to hardware read only so you can use it safely on a viruses infected machine. Surprisingly cheap for how good it is to. Just watch for the epic, usb1.1 ports on cheap motherboards that make booting off a USB DVD take half an hour blazingly quick without junk motherboards though, just feed it Isis

    Edit, also got mine from quietpc for less than $60 shipped to the far end of the planet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Relatedly, do you buy systems then pull the drives for externally sourced ssds often, we may have to look into that thanks to the 200+ dollar extra for ssds from reasonable brand hardware suppliers.
    Yup, always externally sourced. With many of our bought PCs being refurbs, we also get a small discount by not receiving a HDD at all with them. On new machines, we just pull them straight out and they go into the Box of Expensive But Useless SparesTM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    Regarding DBAN, is it an acceptable method of wiping a hard drive as far as the DPA is concerned?
    Unlikely, because DBAN doesn't overwrite every sector on the drive. It doesn't touch data in bad sectors and the Host Protected Area. For that reason I tend to use the drives built-in Secure Erase command via Parted Magic. FWIW, Secure Erase is recommended* by NIST in the US as a suitable media sanitization technique - one of the only ones that does not involve physical destruction.

    Infosec Standard 5 - which is the UK government's data destruction standard - has the following requirements and is quite similar to DoD 5220.22-M.

    IS5 defines two different levels of overwriting:

    • Baseline overwriting of data involves one pass, overwriting every sector of the storage medium once with randomly-generated data.
    • Enhanced overwriting involves three passes; each sector is overwritten first with 1s, then with 0s, and then with randomly generated 1s and 0s.

    Regardless of which level is used, verification is needed to ensure that overwriting was successful. (Source)
    * See Table A1 on page 19

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