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Destroying/Wiping Hard Drive


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#1 Sallie48

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:38 PM

Through the years I have accumulated 6 hard drives from computers that I or my family/friends have gotten rid of.   I would take them out for security reasons and then scrap the old outdated machines.    

 

I am spring cleaning and throwing stuff out and want to get rid of them.     If I take them to camp and let them burn in the bottom of our campfire for a few days, will that be good enough to destroy them.    I know I could drill them but I am not handy with a drill......would prob end up in the emergency room....and I just want to do something not too labor intensive to destroy them.

 

If that won't work...any ideas???

 

Hope I posted this in the correct place and TY in advance for any suggestions.

 

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

The problem with burning them, is that toxic materials will be released.

 

If they still work, use DBAN to wipe them: http://www.dban.org/


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:47 PM

Only problem with that is I don't have a PC to install them into and do the cleaning.   I only have the small HD's which I removed when I scrapped the PC's.     That is why I thought burning them would make them unusable.   

 

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

Burning them for such a long time will destroy them, but also release toxic substances.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:58 PM

Don't you know someone with a bench drill?


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 06:41 PM

I've heard of people clubbing them to death with a hammer.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:34 AM

A drill and hammer have always worked for me.
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

I've heard of people clubbing them to death with a hammer.

 

Just take care not to inhale dust with heavy metals.


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Posted 23 April 2013 - 04:35 PM

TY all for the responses.    I never even thought about releasing heavy metals or pollution issues.   TY for educating me.  :)

 

So I decided that the best course of action is to get a good sized "C" clamp and clamp them down to the work bench in the garage and practice using a drill until they look like swiss cheese.    Can't be that difficult.   LOL

 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 05:13 PM

Please remember to wear proper eye protection when attempting to drill through the hard drives. You might be surprised to find that some of them are pretty durable so have a backup hammer ready to go!

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

I will do that.    And some good leather gloves to protect my hands.   I have some that I used to tear out some black rasberry bushes.   But sounds like a "Go."

 

TY all for the responses.

 

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