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I did this accidentally once and was subsequently able to get a couple HDDs RMA'd. I was using a Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W W0133RU modular PSU and switched out to a Corsair HX1000. I swapped out the PSUs but kept the W0133RU cables and plugged them into the HX1000. The individual wires didn't line up properly and I think I fried the HDD motors upon boot-up.

Just curious, though... why do you want to do this?
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post #22 of 45
Open it up and rub a magnet straight on the platters?
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Electro-Magnet



You can build one cheaply and and not even have to open the unit. Which coincidentally fits under "physical damage" if you do open it.

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post #24 of 45
Why not simply do two write zero passes on it? It doesn't take long and you cannot get anything off of any of the sectors afterwords.

I did just that as a test in another thread. After a couple passes there is nothing to be recovered; and that was using some pretty powerful tools.
    
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post #25 of 45
just drop it while its running. the head will hit the platter a few times and no more usable drive.

Funny, people telling him to put his mostly metal hdd in the microwave.... You guys realize, some people will actually try that?

If you're looking for the rma, just drop it a few times while its running.
    
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post #26 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by burrbit View Post
doesnt metal in a microwave usually have explosive results?
LOL Noob... No it just sparks... Its just static electricity.

And its safe to try at home.
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post #27 of 45
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10 seconds in the microwave did the trick. surprisingly there wasn't any sparks at all, just one blue little blue flash after about 6 seconds. now the hdd isn't recognized by the computer. reason i wanted to do it is because the hdd was bricked anyways and filled with bad sectors. now its off to the the hdd fairies at WD.
post #28 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by KoolGuy View Post
LOL Noob... No it just sparks... Its just static electricity.

And its safe to try at home.
yep guess that makes me a big noob.

just a pile of intelligence behind your computer.
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post #29 of 45
Would they not accept an RMA straight up considering that it was riddled with bad sectors?
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Pissing on it should work?
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