TrueCrypt quick question

Discussion in 'encryption problems' started by newbino, May 1, 2015.

  1. newbino

    newbino Registered Member

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    I have a notebook with two partitions, OS and Data. Data is encrypted with TrueCrypt.
    I am shortly going to replace my notebook with a newer model and I wonder how to best delete my data.
    Can I just reformat my Data partion? Or, are there any better alternatives?
     
  2. deBoetie

    deBoetie Registered Member

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    As usual, need more info.

    What type of disk are we talking about here? Does it include SSD?
    Reformatting does not do an adequate job.
    Is the partition volume encrypted with Truecrypt?
    Do you not trust your password and RNG?
    Do you have an data disposal legislation that applies?
    Why do you not feel that your OS partition doesn't contain sensitive information as well (swap, cache etc - the list is long)....

    With modern magnetic disks, I've seen suggestions that 1-pass is all you need. You can use tools such as Eraser, or indeed, it might be simple enough for you to create a new Truecrypt partition on the Data partition, with an extremely long password that you will never need to know.

    Of course, depending on your requirement, there's always the GCHQ-approved angle grinder.
     
  3. newbino

    newbino Registered Member

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    Thanks for replying.
    In fact just today I reformatted my Data partition, and then ran Daryk's Boot and Nuke on the whole HDD. Case closed :)
     
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