Can I get my data back?

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Flyn, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. Flyn

    Flyn Guest

    I have a Hypertec password protected USB key.

    The manual for it includes this bit:
    "You only have six chances to enter the password correctly.
    If you enter an incorrect password six times the HDD partition of your
    Secure
    HyperDrive will be automatically formatted resulting in the loss of all
    data."

    So, if the password has been incorrectly entered and the data is 'gone,
    how recoverable is it? Could anyone, including a specialist, read any
    of it?

    Thanks for any help,

    F
     
    Flyn, Aug 29, 2005
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  2. "Flyn" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I have a Hypertec password protected USB key.
    >
    > The manual for it includes this bit:
    > "You only have six chances to enter the password correctly.
    > If you enter an incorrect password six times the HDD partition of your
    > Secure
    > HyperDrive will be automatically formatted resulting in the loss of all
    > data."
    >
    > So, if the password has been incorrectly entered and the data is 'gone,
    > how recoverable is it? Could anyone, including a specialist, read any
    > of it?


    Depends how good the erasing algorithm is. It takes time to do it properly
    (i.e. an "oh sh*t, pull the plug" might help, or at least give you a shot
    with a data recovery specialist. But with the hardware being so specialised,
    it's not something to bet your shirt on. Conventional HDDs aren't exactly
    easy, and they're well understood)

    I'd *strongly* suggest that you contact the vendor forthwith, if you're
    about to hit five "oopsies". And to think what might happen if they ever go
    bust..

    --

    Hairy One Kenobi

    Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this opinion do not necessarily
    reflect the opinions of the highly-opinionated person expressing the opinion
    in the first place. So there!
     
    Hairy One Kenobi, Aug 30, 2005
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  3. Flyn

    Flyn Guest

    Thanks Hairy.
     
    Flyn, Sep 6, 2005
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  4. Flyn

    Rich Arawn Guest

    Flyn,

    Assuming that the statement from the manual is accurate and the
    application only formats the drive upon six failed password attempts,
    the I would say the chances of obtaining the data are good with
    specialized software.

    Rich
     
    Rich Arawn, Sep 7, 2005
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  5. Flyn

    Flyn Guest

    Hi Rich,

    Do you mean before or after the 6 wrong entries are made? Let's assume
    the drive has been formatted - then what?

    F
     
    Flyn, Sep 8, 2005
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  6. Flyn

    Rich Arawn Guest

    Flyn,

    After the drive has been formatted it is possible to recover all data
    that has not been overwritten with new data. (Formatting will not
    overwrite data) One caveat: the partition created by the Hypertec
    application may be encrypted which would complicate the recovery.

    A good data recovery outfit will be you're best bet to recover the
    files as the tools to carve out data from a formatted partition are not
    readily available or typically easy to use.

    A reputable data recovery firm will not charge you if they cannot
    obtain your data.

    If you're up for the challenge and are familiar with Linux you could
    always try using Autopsy and SleuthKit to attempt to recover your
    files.

    Good Luck

    Rich
     
    Rich Arawn, Sep 8, 2005
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  7. Flyn

    Guest

    Hi Flyn,

    If the drive was simply formatted (and not "scrubbed") then your data
    is still likely intact. Here are some freeware data recovery software
    tools you can use to try to mine out your data:

    http://free-backup.info/data-recovery-software.htm

    Let's just hope the drive did not also encrypt the data!

    Good luck,
    Chad
     
    , Sep 8, 2005
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