posted on Oct, 8 2006 @ 04:39 PM
The linked news report is a good reminder why any storage media containing private data should never leave your door step. EVER!
Best Buy Resells Customer's Hard Drive Without Authorization
This advice also applies about shipping a dead hard drive for replacement under warranty. I know you want a new drive for free instead of buying a new
one, but don't fool yourself by thinking the bytes on the plate can no longer be read just because the motor failed to spin.
Then why don't you go a step further and store you personal info on an encrypted volume, in case a burglar try to take the hard drive from your cold
dead hands. I had good experience with TrueCrypt thus far: www.truecrypt.org...
Keep in mind this is strong encryption and impossible to recover
if the partition ever happen to get corrupted. So... backup, backup, backup!