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Have some fun with it first:
+Rep to you sir for making me laugh! haha
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unfortunately I dont think the 5400rpm drives would be as effective.
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Step 1~ Darik's Boot and Nuke 2 times.

Step 2~ Submerge the drive in boiling water for half an hour.

Final Step~ Blowtorch it till its a melted mass of plastic and metal.

If someone can recover any data after this they deserve a....well couldn't

think of anything so how about a cookie
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Idk, but if 3/7 passes of Guttman alogorithm methods is good enough for the DoD & the NSA respectively. Then who am I to argue with them? Not that it matters, TrueCrypt containers hold anything of personal value to me.

Ofc, I do have a 5lb piece of neodymium magnet that serves me well as the final step, since my bulk eraser finally bit the dust.

So, if anything were recoverable...good luck with brute forcing a drive not connected to the original computer with a partial recovery of a few megs of data, from a TrueCrypt container.

Btw, you should all know. Nand memory can never be truly erased to an unrecoverable state. So don't store sensitive info on your SSD.
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 4/20/11 at 7:40pm
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Every time I dispose of a hard drive weather it's mine or a customers. I take out the platters and just run a flat head screw driver all over both sides of them and scratch them beyond recognition.
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Every time I dispose of a hard drive weather it's mine or a customers. I take out the platters and just run a flat head screw driver all over both sides of them and scratch them beyond recognition.
still think a sledge hammer to the platter is more destructive
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Yeah...the only way to be sure the data is destroyed it to physically destroy the platters. Someone with enough money could rebuild all the electronics and even remount the platters. Boiling the drive, microwaving the drive, wrecking the electronics, burning the drive case, heck, even drilling holes through the platters, as long as the platters are remotely mountable, there is a chance, albeit very slim, but there is still a chance that some data could be recovered if someone is willing to spend enough money, and take enough time to do it. I suppose that even shattered pieces of the platters could be read.

That said, all the above posted methods just sound like fun, and no normal situation would warrant trying to get data from the drives, unless it was worth millions of dollars.
    
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Do whatever you can with a Dremel. It'll be fun.
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Gutmann wipe, 35 passes. Overkill? Nah.
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