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Keep your hard drive safe at home!

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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: Keep in mind this is strong encryption and impossible to recover if the partition ever happen to get corrupted. So... backup, backup, backup!

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