Vindicated Posted September 8, 2006 Share Posted September 8, 2006 One of my buddies called me up and said a virus wiped his system clean and if I could recover his files. I got a hold of his drive, mounted it, and used EasyRecovery Pro to do the data recovery one it. I got gobs of files on it. 90% of his music collection, tons of word documents, and other misc files. I used a filter so I'd only get the file extentions of what I wanted. Some stuff was currupted and unrecoverable as expected, but I got most of what I was looking for. Then it got me thinking... where are all those social security numbers and passwords everyone keeps talking about that is so easy to get once a hacker has your hard drive. I looked and looked but couldn't find anything. Not that I care to have his social, but from all the security talk I keep hearing, I'd like to be able to find some dirt. If only to show my buddy and say hey look this is whats on your PC. This is what can be recovered if you don't zero-fill your drive. And as a demonstration to myself so I know how vunerable I really am. If I can't find any dirt, if all the passwords are encrypted and gone like I imagain, and would only be recoverable if a user was dumb enough to have all the personal information saved on a text document... then I have to ask... is this just one of those Hacker Mythes? Just another over blown scare tactic? Assuming I just formated my system and reinstalled XP then sold the computer... what really, honestly, could a someone get from my drive -- aside from my college homework essays and porn collection? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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