Software secure erasing DLT's - any recommendations?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by mark, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. mark

    mark Guest

    I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has anyone
    else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software solution?

    Cheers,
    Mark
    mark, Nov 15, 2004
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  2. mark

    William Bell Guest

    On 15 Nov 2004 04:53:17 GMT, mark <> wrote:

    >I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has anyone
    >else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software solution?
    >
    >Cheers,
    >Mark




    You use a Bulk eraser, a Large Electromagnet one..
    William Bell, Nov 15, 2004
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  3. mark

    mark Guest

    William Bell <> wrote in
    news::

    > On 15 Nov 2004 04:53:17 GMT, mark <> wrote:
    >
    >>I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has
    >>anyone else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software
    >>solution?
    >>
    >>Cheers,
    >>Mark

    >
    >
    >
    > You use a Bulk eraser, a Large Electromagnet one..




    I didn't know they came in software form Woger.
    mark, Nov 15, 2004
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  4. mark said the following on 15/11/2004 17:53:
    > I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has anyone
    > else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software solution?
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Mark

    Okay lets define Secure here.
    Do you mean
    State Secrets Secure
    Fortune 500 Secure
    Corporate Secure
    Small Business Secure
    Home User secure

    The first three "Physical destruction of the Media" end of story
    The others wipe and wipe again using the tape utilities provided, the
    data is not worth the effort to recover it.

    Now what category do you fit in, by the fact that you would consider
    software wipe of data for security you sure are not a part of any of the
    first three.
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    Collector»NZ, Nov 15, 2004
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  5. mark

    mark Guest

    Collector»NZ <> wrote in
    news::

    > mark said the following on 15/11/2004 17:53:
    >> I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has
    >> anyone else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software
    >> solution?
    >>
    >> Cheers,
    >> Mark

    > Okay lets define Secure here.
    > Do you mean
    > State Secrets Secure
    > Fortune 500 Secure
    > Corporate Secure
    > Small Business Secure
    > Home User secure
    >
    > The first three "Physical destruction of the Media" end of story
    > The others wipe and wipe again using the tape utilities provided, the
    > data is not worth the effort to recover it.
    >
    > Now what category do you fit in, by the fact that you would consider
    > software wipe of data for security you sure are not a part of any of
    > the first three.



    Basically, if you overwrite the tape then getting information back is going
    to be tricky without spending a lot on DLT data recovery specialists. I
    would prefer something that goes a few steps further and can be set to do
    more than one pass and some randomisation of the pattern. Nothing over the
    top though, we're not talking state secrets here :)
    mark, Nov 16, 2004
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  6. mark

    Dave Taylor Guest

    mark <> wrote in
    news:Xns95A3B907BFD71186387@130.133.1.4:

    > Collector»NZ <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >> mark said the following on 15/11/2004 17:53:
    >>> I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has
    >>> anyone else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software
    >>> solution?
    >>>
    >>> Cheers,
    >>> Mark

    >> Okay lets define Secure here.
    >> Do you mean
    >> State Secrets Secure
    >> Fortune 500 Secure
    >> Corporate Secure
    >> Small Business Secure
    >> Home User secure
    >>
    >> The first three "Physical destruction of the Media" end of story
    >> The others wipe and wipe again using the tape utilities provided, the
    >> data is not worth the effort to recover it.
    >>
    >> Now what category do you fit in, by the fact that you would consider
    >> software wipe of data for security you sure are not a part of any of
    >> the first three.

    >
    >
    > Basically, if you overwrite the tape then getting information back is
    > going to be tricky without spending a lot on DLT data recovery
    > specialists. I would prefer something that goes a few steps further
    > and can be set to do more than one pass and some randomisation of the
    > pattern. Nothing over the top though, we're not talking state secrets
    > here :)
    >
    >


    Sounds like two or three passes of the secure erase routine from your
    backup software should do the trick.
    --
    Ciao, Dave
    Dave Taylor, Nov 16, 2004
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  7. mark

    Steve Guest

    William Bell wrote:
    > On 15 Nov 2004 04:53:17 GMT, mark <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has anyone
    >>else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software solution?
    >>
    >>Cheers,
    >>Mark

    >
    >
    >
    >
    > You use a Bulk eraser, a Large Electromagnet one..
    >
    >

    ....unfortunately, once you've removed the header info off the tape,
    they're really not too much use.

    So, if you don't intend using them again, then bulk eraser's fine.

    Steve
    Steve, Nov 16, 2004
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  8. mark

    mark Guest

    Dave Taylor <> wrote in
    news:Xns95A3CAFAD9126daveytaynospamplshot@202.20.93.13:

    > mark <> wrote in
    > news:Xns95A3B907BFD71186387@130.133.1.4:
    >
    >> Collector»NZ <> wrote in
    >> news::
    >>
    >>> mark said the following on 15/11/2004 17:53:
    >>>> I'm interested in software for erasing some old tapes at work - has
    >>>> anyone else had the need to secure erase DLT's and found a software
    >>>> solution?
    >>>>
    >>>> Cheers,
    >>>> Mark
    >>> Okay lets define Secure here.
    >>> Do you mean
    >>> State Secrets Secure
    >>> Fortune 500 Secure
    >>> Corporate Secure
    >>> Small Business Secure
    >>> Home User secure
    >>>
    >>> The first three "Physical destruction of the Media" end of story
    >>> The others wipe and wipe again using the tape utilities provided, the
    >>> data is not worth the effort to recover it.
    >>>
    >>> Now what category do you fit in, by the fact that you would consider
    >>> software wipe of data for security you sure are not a part of any of
    >>> the first three.

    >>
    >>
    >> Basically, if you overwrite the tape then getting information back is
    >> going to be tricky without spending a lot on DLT data recovery
    >> specialists. I would prefer something that goes a few steps further
    >> and can be set to do more than one pass and some randomisation of the
    >> pattern. Nothing over the top though, we're not talking state secrets
    >> here :)
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Sounds like two or three passes of the secure erase routine from your
    > backup software should do the trick.



    I do intend to use Windows backup if no one else has a better
    recommendation, just wanting something that has a bit more control of
    settings :)

    Cheers,
    Mark
    mark, Nov 17, 2004
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  9. mark

    Dave Taylor Guest

    mark <> wrote in news:Xns95A4A1A8A8CAA186387@
    130.133.1.4:

    > Dave Taylor <> wrote in
    > news:Xns95A3CAFAD9126daveytaynospamplshot@202.20.93.13:


    >
    >
    > I do intend to use Windows backup if no one else has a better
    > recommendation, just wanting something that has a bit more control of
    > settings :)
    >
    > Cheers,
    > Mark


    Marginally better than nothing.
    Take a look at http://www.novastor.com/
    They have trial versions.
    For a bare bones to tape, look at http://www.snapback.com/downloads.php


    --
    Ciao, Dave
    Dave Taylor, Nov 17, 2004
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  10. mark

    mark Guest

    Dave Taylor <> wrote in
    news:Xns95A4EE921E05Fdaveytaynospamplshot@202.20.93.13:

    >> I do intend to use Windows backup if no one else has a better
    >> recommendation, just wanting something that has a bit more control of
    >> settings :)
    >>
    >> Cheers,
    >> Mark

    >
    > Marginally better than nothing.
    > Take a look at http://www.novastor.com/
    > They have trial versions.
    > For a bare bones to tape, look at http://www.snapback.com/downloads.php


    Cool. Thanks Dave.
    mark, Nov 22, 2004
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