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The correct answer is B.

OBJ-4.3: In a cryptographic erase (CE), the storage media is encrypted by default. The encryption key itself is destroyed during the erasing operation. CE is a feature of self-encrypting drives (SED) and is often used with solid-state devices. Cryptographic erase can be used with hard drives, as well. Zero-fill is a process that fills the entire storage device with zeroes. For SSDs and hybrid drives, zero-fill-based methods might not be reliable because the device uses wear-leveling routines in the drive controller to communicate which locations are available for use to any software process accessing the device. A secure erase is a special utility provided with some solid-state drives that can perform the sanitization of flash-based devices. Overwrite is like zero-fill but can utilize a random pattern of ones and zeroes on the storage device. The most secure option would be a cryptographic erase (CE) for the question’s scenario.

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