The Bigger Your Hard Drive, The Longer You Wait For Trial?

from the details-please...? dept

The Inquirer is a bit short on details on this story, so perhaps someone here can fill us in. They seem to be saying, however, that police in the UK are justifying holding suspects in computer crime cases in jail for a period of 90 days because it takes longer to go through a hard drive than a stack of papers. As the Inq notes, as hard drives get bigger, does that mean the pre-trial time in jail gets longer? Even worse, now that so much is moving to network based storage, where the whole damn internet may be your "hard drive," can they just hold you indefinitely while they read everything online?

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    mojo, 1 Nov 2005 @ 10:36am

    Re: Automated tools

    what are you, retarded? If you "smash a HDD with a hammer" you will NOT get the data back. the platters in the drive will be warped, so you will neither be able to spin them OR read them since the magnetic field would be skewed out of shape. i THINK dammit why do you think drives fail when they get a single tiny scratch from the read/write heads on a platter? why do you think disk scanning and repair utility's have a surface scan option? Not to mention there are plenty of ways to destroy data while preserving a HDD I.E. rewriting multiple hex codes 14-15 times so that the original data has no binary significance to what it once was.

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