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best way to destroy a harddrive

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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
my desktop pc broke and I got rid of the PC but removed the harddrive from the machine before getting shut. I just wondered what is the best way to destroy the harddrive so when I throw it away the data cannot be read

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8y, 2w agoPosted 8 years, 2 weeks ago
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#1
fire or liquid nitrogen
#2
liquid nitrogen
#3
Use a hammer on it & brake it lol
#4
Sawing it in half should do it.
#5
smash up with a hammer and throw in the bin over a few weeks
#6
Give it to my son, It'd be destroyed within seconds
#7
Just smash it and chuck it away. I don't reckon anyone would try and rescue a broken hard disk from your bin an try to pain-stakingly read data from it.
#8
hammer a nail into it :)
#9
Unless your name is Garry Glitter, what have you got on there to worry about!

Seriously though google a data shredder, if you can hook it up to another pc then use data shredding software that will cycle over any sectors and destroy the data for good.

You can buy cheaply from Ebay an IDE to USB data and power lead so you could even hook it up to a laptop or desktop externally, then you could even keep and extract any data you need from it.

Look at ebay item number 330298326275
#10
i agree, a hammer will do the trick, a couple of whacks and its sorted!!!!
#11
AS most have said, just break it into bits. Separate bags in the bin will sort it.
#12
How much memory has it got?
Might be worth selling instead of destroying.
#13
RobInBrentwood
i agree, a hammer will do the trick, a couple of whacks and its sorted!!!!


Dont forget the nail!


deathtrap3000
How much memory has it got?
Might be worth selling instead of destroying.


its always best to destoy a hard drive than to sell it on..
a hard drive can contain user names and passwords.. i.e your bank login details.

You can always take a hard drive into PC world or buy programs that will recover any data.
Information on a hard drive is never deleted. the OS just "forgets" stuff. it never deletes it.
#14
Tanchi

its always best to destoy a hard drive than to sell it on..
a hard drive can contain user names and passwords.. i.e your bank login details.

Unless you have properly destroyed the data.
#15
deathtrap3000
Unless you have properly destroyed the data.


indeed.. but you can never be sure its been deleted enitery!
tbh If I were to be getting rid of a Hard Drive, I would drive a nail in it.

I wouldnt trust a bit of software with sensitive data.
#16
I would undo the screws and take it apart as there will be 2 incredibly strong magnets inside it. The magnets are way stronger than most you can buy in the shops :thumbsup:

You can then just bend and scratch the metal disk inside the caddy, job done :w00t:
#17
deathtrap3000;3948337
Unless you have properly destroyed the data.


True enough - big hammer - make sure that disks (platters) inside shatter. I have recently destroyed about 20 disks this way for a client - once physically 'shattered' there is no recovery....

If the data is really critical, then you can have it professionally incinerated or crushed - some companies offer a mobile service as well.
#18
thanks for suggestions and think my weapon of choice will be a hammer.

I would of just threw it away but i use to do internet banking on it so want to make sure the data is not readable even though no one may try anything if it went into the bin i would rather be safe than sorry.

May look into getting a lead as suggested and try and rescue some old family photos that i had restored and then wipe it
#19
If you still had data that you wanted on it you could buy an external enclosure for it and use it as an external drive. Alternatively you could put it in a new desktop (if you were going to buy one).
banned#20
NFS
thanks for suggestions and think my weapon of choice will be a hammer.

I would of just threw it away but i use to do internet banking on it so want to make sure the data is not readable even though no one may try anything if it went into the bin i would rather be safe than sorry.

May look into getting a lead as suggested and try and rescue some old family photos that i had restored and then wipe it


Wear goggles, and don't do it near glass :whistling:
#21
dbilsborough
I would undo the screws and take it apart as there will be 2 incredibly strong magnets inside it. The magnets are way stronger than most you can buy in the shops :thumbsup:

You can then just bend and scratch the metal disk inside the caddy, job done :w00t:


Not just me then :lol:

Fixing the magnets to the sump or oil filter on your car is a good use;-)
#22
go to [url]www.limewire.com[/url]

downloads limewire.

Type in "porn"

Download any file.

Job done.
#23
Crazy thread.

Do a little research, it's very easy to wipe a drive so that data recovery is not possible - I do it within Windows all the time, Linux not required (they should make a logo for that).
#24
Big magnet, take black bag place item in bag and chuck in the river Thames
#25
Titchimp
go to [url]www.limewire.com[/url]

downloads limewire.

Type in "porn"

Download any file.

Job done.


:lol:
#26
Hire a tank and drive over it.

Then drop a nuclear bomb on it.
#27
Water. Drown the offending porn drive.
#28
Easy enough to fit it into your new PC as an extra drive, and keep your pics on it.
banned#29
just keep the drive. You never know when you might need it. great for backups.
#30
Unscrew and take appart the HD case - take out the HD disc - wrap the shinny disc in a tea towel then hamer it to bits.

Job done.
#31
Tanchi;3948371
I wouldnt trust a bit of software with sensitive data.


Am I the only one the see the irony in that statement? :whistling:
#32
Bucket of water and then hammer is great fun.

Nothing to hide, just confidential medical info (non NHS).
#33
There is enough technology waste as is - would it not be better to do a secure wipe of the data then get a cheap caddy for it and use it as a external backup drive, or fit into a refurbished computer for charity or something?
#35
idiots
The only way to avoid ID fraud when you've finished with your PC is to take to it with a hammer, Which? magazine says.


link
#36
Good to know I am not as daft as I look

and I love to say it............

told you so!

Good link

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