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    Wiping data off memory stick

    Does anyone know if data can be wiped off a memory stick with a magnet. It is dead and am returning it to Tesco, but it has over 16GB of data (photos, music, and backups) on it. So I want to make sure it i cannot be recovered.

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    Nope. It's not a hard drive. Reason being a hard drive has magnets in it.

    ^^^
    this.

    You could put it in the microwave if you have something really incriminating on there lol.

    P.S. Only kidding,

    dont try this at home kids,

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    in a case of a broken device, it cant be recovered by anyone except a very expensive specialist, costing thousands

    for example, if you have a fried circuit on a hard drive, because they forever change revisions even on teh same model, and even a month after you bought it, they are different. Unless you have the same model machine to pinch bits from, nothing works

    same with flash drives, something on the circuit is fried, the likely hood of someone taking it apart and putting the memory chips on a new circuit board just in case they might be able to recover anything

    its also unlikely anyone will ever find it, as soon as you take it back, it will be in a dumpster under rotting cheese and yogurts

    Original Poster

    I've just discoved it comes apart really easy, so I might burn off some solder inside. I doubt Tesco will look inside it It has been discontinued so they told me - wonder why!

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    Predikuesi;7888092

    I've just discoved it comes apart really easy, so I might burn off some … I've just discoved it comes apart really easy, so I might burn off some solder inside. I doubt Tesco will look inside it It has been discontinued so they told me - wonder why!



    just solder a couple of tracks together, no-one will ever know!

    Isn't formatting it enough?

    As mentioned above this'll just get thrown on a pile of faulty stuff and then chucked out. Is there really anything on there anyone is going to be remotely interested in?

    Edit: Just realised formatting probably isn't possible given that it's faulty!

    Explain your concerns to them, if they have a lot of returns on this item they may say just keep it.

    whatsThePoint;7888483

    Microwave for 10 secs is fine, kills 99.9% electronic devices known to man



    And the microwave... perfect way to destroy all evidence.
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