Title

Oops they did it again: The 2007 Australian study of remnant data contained on 2nd hand hard disks

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Information Science, Centre for Security Research

RAS ID

4219

Comments

This article was originally published as: Valli, C. , & Woodward, A. J. (2007). Oops they did it again: The 2007 Australian study of remnant data contained on 2nd hand hard disks. Proceedings of Australian Digital Forensics Conference. (pp. 218-222). Perth, Western Australia. Edith Cowan University. Original article available here

Abstract

The 2007 study used a biased selection process where the primary focus was the purchase of high-speed SCSI drives and drive packs, in addition 2.5 inch laptop drives were targeted. Conventional IDE based hard drives were also examined in the study. A total of 84 drives were examined this year, 23 yielded data that represented significant and in some cases profound exposure if data. Encouragingly more hard disks were erased in this study than in previous studies. However, there is still a significant gap in erasure procedures in organisations, which is particularly concerning given that the drives were from large corporations.