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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 5:07 pm 
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I have 6 internal hard drives from over the years, what would be the best way to destroy them?

I had thought about a hammer but not sure it would cause enough damage, bucket of water wont de magnetise them, and i would really like to blow them up or oxyacetylene torch them, but I don't have the last two, any other ideas?

(one is at least 14 years old)

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Put them in a bag and take them to the local tip and put in the landfill machine that churns and squashes the rubbish.


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I heard from someone in the know:- Remove the disc, break it into little pieces and burn.


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Club hammer is the most reliable method, apart from anything else you get to see it done and know that it's done.

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2 x 5mm holes straight through the platters that kills them dead, to really make sure stick a hole through the main chip


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I like it but don't have a gun.

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I read somewhere that you really should not set them on fire as they release really toxic gasses.

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I'd have thought a couple of good thumps with a hammer would do it. Or holes through the disc.
I read somewhere that "they" can retrieve information from very badly damaged discs. I think they use an electron microscope to see the rearrangement of the magnetic layer, but outside that nobody is going to be able to retrieve stuff of a damaged unit/


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Thanks all, I went for the drill a hole idea. maxtor are the toughest.

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Drilling/destroying the disc inside is best really. :thumbright:


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I do enjoy some of the company sites I visit, as lots of them do metal recycling as part of their business. Typically, they are dealt with:

1. Erased using software using multiple sector wipe passes. This will do for most all home users, plus you can re-use or sell the drives after.
2. For faulty drives, they can shred them - that's fun to watch
3. Degaussing machines are entertaining (the proper certified ones) as they look like drawers - fill 'em up and press 'go'. Not getting anything back off those. I'm told they also work on company phones that are on their last legs and won't be replaced until they die...... :huray:

Failing that, for the home user, pull apart and smash the platter. Unless you've got something seriously dodgy, I can't see an interest in the law enforcement agencies wanting anything from you - if they did, I'm sure all of your stuff would have been taken by now. No one is interested in your porn too, it's all on the net.... :lol:

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Bet Gary Glitter wished he'd smashed his PC up now instead of giving it to PC world to dispose of :lol:



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That's a shame you drilled them. I destroyed over 100 the other week. Remove all the screws and remove the cases. The cases are aluminium and I weight them in as scrap. Also save the rare earth magnets - you can sell those on Ebay. The same with the old circuit boards, they fetch money on ebay. There are also other nice parts in there to.

Then just shred the discs and throw them away. If you do it this way you know the discs are well and truly gone. Others are right if you don't do it properly, information can still be extracted from a damaged disc. But they do it with an electron microscope and unless you are a terrorist or have valuable financial information / industry secrets etc I can't see anyone going to these sorts of lengths. But better to be safe than sorry.


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