Systems and methods for removing data stored on long-term memory devices

  • US 7,228,379 B2
  • Filed: 06/20/2002
  • Issued: 06/05/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/21/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A stand-alone, dedicated function device for removing data from a long-term memory component, comprising:

  • an interface for connecting the stand-alone, dedicated function device to the long-term memory component;

    a control circuit configured to control the long-term memory component through the interface to irretrievably remove data from the long-term memory component without regard to data content or data storage format of the data on the long-term memory component by overwriting the data of the long-term memory component;

    a user controllable switch that, when actuated by a user, causes the control circuit to commence irretrievably removing all the data from the long-term memory component;

    a casing configured to contain the control circuit and the interface, the casing being of a size that is portable by the user;

    a power supply configured to supply power to the control circuit;

    wherein the control circuit is further configured to open a hidden storage area on the long-term memory component before irretrievably removing the data.

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