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Disk drives are extraordinarily resilient. I've seen one that had been run over, dropped in a toilet and then thrown out of the window of a seven-storey office block. It looked unusable. Kroll Ontrack managed to recover virtually all the data on it by drying it and taking it apart.

Clam shell casings are very strong and deleting data doesn't work effectively, and passing magnets over the disk isn't sure enough. Even repeated writing of zeroes isn't necessarily effective and certainly takes a long time.

So, if you really, seriously, want to render your hard drive unreadable and haven't used major league encryption of all its contents then what can you do?

Drill the little sucker right through its spindle heart is one answer.
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Or... put a slug through it like CD did.
    
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post #3 of 87
Lol.
Funny.
post #4 of 87
Dynamite and C4 come to mind for making sure it is completely unusable ever again.
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PC recycling plants use a big masher that use big swinging hammers.
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Who needs this besides Ken Lay and Enron?
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Seriously i doubt the guy really saw a hard drive fly out of a 7 story building and still worked, i call BS..also why the heck would you buy an $11,500 machine to destroy drives..just get a drill and drill one hole all the way through, done...or buy the right torx skrew driver size and just scratch the crap out of the platters...i know its more aimed at big corporations and such, so it probably suits them well though.
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Seriously i doubt the guy really saw a hard drive fly out of a 7 story building and still worked, i call BS
The way I read it (and I could be wrong), it didn't "work" but they were still able to retrieve data off of it, something a few companies (and law-enforcement agencies) have the tech to do.

Supposedly this'll prevent that, but you're right a handy $30 drill could do the same thing.
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post #9 of 87
Im sure a shotgun can make the data pretty unrecoverable...
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post #10 of 87
We use something like this at work, once the drive is smashed, you can shake it and hear the shattered platter fragments, it sounds like sand is inside.
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