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Exam SY0-501 topic 2 question 278 discussion

Actual exam question from CompTIA's SY0-501
Question #: 278
Topic #: 2
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An administrator is disposing of media that contains sensitive information. Which of the following will provide the MOST effective method to dispose of the media while ensuring the data will be unrecoverable?

  • A. Wipe the hard drive.
  • B. Shred the hard drive.
  • C. Sanitize all of the data.
  • D. Degauss the hard drive.
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Suggested Answer: B

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mid230
1 month ago
watch the youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb3Xa1h_RqM you will see how hard drives are shredded
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MortG7
1 month, 2 weeks ago
How in the world do you shred a hard drive?..a freaking metal box...and wipe the hard drive...with what? windex? and I don't even know what the hell sanitize the hard drive means..it is degaussing the hard drive (A degausser is simply a magnet that has a strong enough magnetic field to disrupt data on media storage units.)
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thefakecargo
2 weeks, 2 days ago
you can shred a hard drive
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Jeff35
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Official CompTIA Sec+ Study guide: "Shredders are available for destroying CD and DVD media." I think compTIA makes a distinction between destroying HDDs and media devices.. Pulverizing for HDDs and Shredding for media devices (the question is talking about media). Its essentially the same thing, just different terminology for the specific object.
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Jeff35
1 month, 2 weeks ago
I just realized that the answers all say hard drive, but the question just says media. So my original post could be ignored.
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pauliez
7 months, 1 week ago
I've seen the same question and the answer was degaussing. How do you shred a hard drive?!
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Comptia501
6 months, 1 week ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb3Xa1h_RqM
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Ramsey2020
8 months, 1 week ago
Degauss the hard drive. The same question asked before and has netter discussions. You cannot shred the hard drive. Degaussing guarantees the objective.
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exiledwl
3 months, 3 weeks ago
You CAN shred a hardrive...it's more costly but can be is more effective than degaussing because there is a chance that the device isn't degaussed properly. With shredding, you 100% know it worked and data is unrecoverable every time
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exiledwl
3 months, 3 weeks ago
More importantly degaussing does not work on SSD and the question does not specify what type of harddrive this is
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Teza
7 months, 3 weeks ago
The appropriate option in the question should have been pulverising
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babati
7 months, 3 weeks ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb3Xa1h_RqM
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Diogenes_td
8 months, 3 weeks ago
I've seen variations of this question where the answer flips from wiping to pulverizing, to shredding without any criteria that I can follow
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Aerials
9 months ago
Shredding/pulverizing is the best way to do this.
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