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Ways to Destroy A Hard Drive


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#1 Queen-Evie

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 05:52 PM

I have 2 hard drives. Both of them are old and both died. It's time to get rid of them, the only thing they do is collect dust.
Before I chunk them in the trash, I would like to destroy them.
Only thing is I have no clue how to do that. Any and all suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 06:54 PM

one way to do it is take all the little screws ou of the case and seperate it. inside you will see a disc that resembles a cd take this out and place it on a hard surface then strike it repeaqtedly with a roofing hammer with the serrated type head this may sound like a prank but it will make it unreadable

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 07:04 PM

or you could take it apart and do what i do to the 10 or so hard drives that i destroy a month and just take and put about 30 or so holes in it or just open it and run it for a while and take a screw driver to the spinning head and then turn it over and do it again. :flowers: My camera battery died otherwise i would have showed you my ways of destroying a hard drive, the best one was the one I blew up! :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 09:17 AM

Haha this one was fun, the motor went before i could finish it. :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 10:57 AM

If you don't want to actually physically destroy them; there are programs such as DBAN or Kill Disk that will permanently erase the data (to DOD specs). The other thing to consider; is that once the drive has been erased, it should be disposed of at a local electronics recycling depot-as "chunking in the trash" is illegal.
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Posted 16 May 2010 - 01:35 PM

Using a sledge hammer is always fun. It's never boring using a gun to send them to perdition either.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 01:56 PM

Whack it with a hammer until you hear it rattling on the inside
You can take out your aggressions on it for all the times computers have irritated you!

Thats what I do and its fun too!
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:40 AM

Put a 1/4 inch drill bit in a power drill, drill away your memories. Or do this > :thumbsup: :flowers:
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 04:30 PM

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