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I had to 'quarantine' a laptop drive earlier which had very important details on it: Bank details, Personal details etc.
So i set the heatgun on it @ full blast for 5 minutes, not sure if you can see any signs of burning, but i did. I also scratched it up with a Stanley and to finish it off i plunged a drill straight through the disk. Jus sayin' always destroy your HDD if you plan on throwing it out.



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You'll have to do better than that. A professional data recovery lab can still recover most of the data from a drive in that state.
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I smashed the disk in it. I think anyway when i shake it, sounds like lots of smashed shards of glass
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I wipe them with an eraser program, then drill a hole.

If someone is willing to spend the amount of money it would take to recover data off my drive in that state, they're an idiot.
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Eh, if the drive is damaged and you can't format it or erase it, then sure, destroy it and you'll pretty much be fine. If the drive still works, you'd just do better to erase it and put it on eBay.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Roweyi7 View Post
I smashed the disk in it. I think anyway when i shake it, sounds like lots of smashed shards of glass
Aren't the platters metal? o.O

*edit*
Ahh, apparently typically aluminum, glass, or ceramic. At least according to wikipedia.
Edited by Taylorsci - 4/20/11 at 6:58pm
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Wipe the drive, smash it, then incinerate it. Then burry it in the middle of the forest.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by error10 View Post
Eh, if the drive is damaged and you can't format it or erase it, then sure, destroy it and you'll pretty much be fine. If the drive still works, you'd just do better to erase it and put it on eBay.
What is this Erasing you speak of?


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Originally Posted by Citra View Post
Wipe the drive, smash it, then incinerate it. Then burry it in the middle of the forest.
Might hire a rowing boat out so i can go out to sea and just plonk it in there, then row back!

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Originally Posted by Taylorsci View Post
Aren't the platters metal? o.O
Yeah they are, but thats what it sounded like
Edited by Rowey - 4/20/11 at 7:00pm
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I always thoroughly destroy mine with a sledgehammer..to be on the safe side.
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