... where it belongs!!
Do you zero fill your drives for security before you chuck em'? It's definitely worth doing. Well, it's essential really, if you don't want anyone to get your data! Check out killdisk or dban, they're on the ultimate boot cd.
But in these cases there has to come a cut of point when you say - 'the drive is dead and the data is lost'. It frustrates me how much teachers rely on their hard drives and worse USB Pen Sticks instead of using their network home folders (which I make regular backups of) and the VLE.
Losing valuable data and the importance of regular backups is a nasty lesson to learn but one that EVERY computer user at some point has to learn. For me it was storing the only copy of my GCSE Computing BBC Basic program on a floppy disk.
Putting any computer part in the freezer is not my idea of computer repair and is beyond the scope of my job.
If the data is so valuable then the drive should be sent to a professional for data recovery. Anything that I do like changing boards or freezing the unit that could jeopardise the data is bad practice.
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