Still able to recover files after DBAN

  • ghodzic

    ghodzic - 2013-12-06


    I downloaded latest version of DBAN and made a bootable USB (used Rufus), boot up and did this in DBAN:
    ENTER (interactive mode)
    PRNG: Mersenne Twister
    Method: DoD Short
    Verify: Last Pass
    Rounds: 1
    SPACE (select disk)
    F10 (run)

    It's an older but still good WD 160 GB ATA HDD and it took almost 5 hours to finish it.

    Then I saw this on the screen:
    ERROR /dev/sdb (process crash)
    pass ATA Disk WD (etc.)

    Does that mean that DBAN did not succeed? There were no errors during the procedure.

    Them the Biancco screen came on and I shut down the computer.

    I installed Windows 7 on that same HDD then and used Stellar Phoenix data recovery software to try if I can still salvage something out of it and I was able to recover files (photos).

    I tought that would be impossible after a DBAN run.


    Did I do something wrong, was there an error or what?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

  • ghodzic

    ghodzic - 2013-12-06

    Could someone help me, please? :)

  • 1Rosomak

    1Rosomak - 2013-12-31

    Ah, now I can reply... ok. The thing is that even 10 times overwritten data can STILL be recovered.
    So if you wanna be sure that data is really wiped, use 10 passes, at least DOD or Gutmann method. Yes, it will take it's time, but data should NOT be recoverable anymore.


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