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    Hard Drive Destruction! en masse!

    Hey guys, I have inherited the problem of a large volume of dead hard drives. Some accessible and some not. I do not want to toss these intact.

    Know of any good ways to easily break the ability to get into these?

    I was thinking of making a couple holes with a power drill, but If there's anything easier I'm all ears.

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    Apparently the MOD use an angle grinder... I imagine that would be quite effective

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    You could take them down your technology department and let some students loose on them.

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    contink - not bad, but with roughly 100 of these, I'd hate to have to open them.
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    actually I'm in the U.S. . How I wound up on this board I'll never know, but I do like it.

    I should have also specified, I'm looking for as close to free as possible.

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    Wow!... Now that's tech therapy with a real twist

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    I just stick my knackered ones on the column drill in tech and put a few holes in em. Doesnt take long at all.

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    I am a fan of the lump hammer!

    One sharp blow and the plates shatter... it's very therapeutic!

    "This one's the ICT co-ordinator... this one's the SMT...that G!t in Year 11... so's this one come to think of it..."

    You'll get through them in no time

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    Platters Shatter? Consumer drives are normally Aluminium, and I have yet to come across a Glass platter even though they do exist.

    Lump Hammer will work fine though, pillar drill will also put them beyond use. Buy a bulk degausser if you have money.

    Or take them to your local shooting range and have yourself some fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Platters Shatter? Consumer drives are normally Aluminium, and I have yet to come across a Glass platter even though they do exist.
    I have, while not paying sufficient attention or noticing the unusually light platter I did the "fold the platters with my hands" trick .

    We drill them or (for laptop drives) snap them in half and fold the platters.

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    What I have done in the past with 2000+ HDDs is get an intern to sit and drill through the lid into the platters of all the drives with a Black and Decker Power Drill. Noone will recover from that.

    with desktop drives you'll just drill a hole, but with laptop drives the platters will shatter

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