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post #61 of 70
I've never thrown out a drive, I still have a bunch of old drives (40 MBs and the like) laying in a box somewhere with tons of old RAM sticks and other ancient computer stuff. I tried to give the box away to someone years ago but they never came to get it so I still have it.
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post #62 of 70
I am still a fan of shot-gun or bonfire.
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post #63 of 70
I remove the platters add them to the collection. I have a decent sized stack on my desk.
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post #64 of 70
Crack it opn take out both platters
drill holes in the platters scratch it up with a metal sos pad and i mean really scratch it up
remove the platters
smash em (a rock works with the platters in the bag)
then bam smashed
put the parts back in the case then seal it back up destroy the circuit board (controller board) and de sauder some stuff or just use a knife to mess it up
and shazam there you go recycled hdd
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post #65 of 70
Dunno if anyone here use to watch the "Sceen Savers" on Tech TV before G4 murdered bought out Tech TV, but thermite on the HDD, cures all problems.
post #66 of 70
lol what would you guys do if you had a faulty hdd under warranty?
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post #67 of 70
Not ITT:

I'd like to see one instance where data was recovered after >1 random passes. Or a drive with a hole through it. Or where the platters had any reasonable amount physical damage.

HDDs are fragile creatures...
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post #68 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by wupah View Post
whip out the ol thermal lance and do a couple of passes on it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV4r7OKkXmU
What you said made me laugh so hard. haha
post #69 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by fazio93;13209733 
wow, most of you all must have tons of kiddy pr0n on there with all of the ideas in this thread.

Judging by your avatar, this is clearly a case of pot calling kettle black biggrin.gif

And regarding hdd destruction - as it has been said before, simply obliterate the platters so that there's nothing left. Don't bother burying/sinking it. Future archaeologists will find it and, no doubt, invest a lot into getting the data recovered. You might be long dead by that time, but your descendants might have a hard time after your stolen IP and child pr0n stash is recovered smile.gif
     
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post #70 of 70
Quote:
Originally Posted by Traches View Post
Not ITT:

I'd like to see one instance where data was recovered after >1 random passes. Or a drive with a hole through it. Or where the platters had any reasonable amount physical damage.

HDDs are fragile creatures...
Even in the famous Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, where the data from one hard drive was miraculously recovered, it was because there was very little damage to the platters, and the data was on an undamaged section of the platters. Two other hard drives from the shuttle wreckage were completely unrecoverable.
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