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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    If you really want to be paranoid, data can be recovered from a hard drive even if you damage the access boards, or even burning them (though if they are ashes i doubt this is the case - have seen melted ones recovered though!)

    The easiest way that i have found is to erase the drive using a utility found on:

    http://dban.sourceforge.net/

    Reasonably fast and hopefully secure.

    But make sure you smash it at the end - for stress relief if nothing else

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    i scratch the platters surface with a screw driver and bend them.

    I did once make the mistake of bending a laptop platter. turns out there made of glass. still finding fragments of glass around my office. lol

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    You used to be able to find a movie on YouTube of a HDD in a microwave - both blew up but I can't find it anymore. Plenty of videos of iPods in microwaves though - neat.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Here's a fun thing to do.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yISqCAnROh8

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    WA HA HA HA HA - that video's fantastic. Its also given me an idea........

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    THAT SO COOL!!!! looks like the replicators of stargate, climbing the walls lol

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Perhaps you could set it up to slice cucumbers or something?

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    No sensitive data - just can't be ar*ed to connect to pc and run eraser thought I may as well bring them home and let my kids loose on them with a lump hammer. (before elf n safety get involved kids are actually 19 and 22 but still 'my kids'!)

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    I did read a review once that looked at different software for permanently deleting data from hard-drives. They also included 'hammer' and 'industrial sander' as alternatives. The only one that made the drives completely unreadable even using forensic analysis was the sander, as you just completely scratch off the magnetic layer - no physical medium left to hold data!

    Never tried it, mind.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Real world,

    The only sensitive data on our school network is held in the teachers home area, even then its not that useful to anyone. The licence keys might be of use to someone but you can find those on the net for nowt.

    Data recovery costs a load of $$$ and takes time (for broken disks, its cheap and easy for functional ones, fdisk will not remove your data) Electronically erasing a disk is only worth while if you intend to sell it on. (not likely when 120gig HDs cost £30 or less).

    Break them with a hammer and be done with it, or if like me you own several large caliber Black Powder pistols, use them for target pratice.

    Oh and MS does a free tool that will erase HDs or just the free space on them, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...y/SDelete.mspx

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    I use DBAN if requested to (Heads home PC etc), other than that..we play football with them down the stairs, or the "lob it out of the window" game.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    In my place we have a bulk load done every few months and we just use a drill to make a hole through the lid and platters into the chassis. Desktop HDDs just gain a hole, but laptop HDDs shatter.
    Not a lot of fun after a while so its given to the newest starters.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    I know I replied to this already but seriously what is the point of smashing them up? What a waste
    We just do a basic wipe and leave them in the PC's, that way when we donate the PCs to a local primary school or something they can actually use them!

    There is nothing sensitive on local hard drives, the chances of anything being recovered are so minute

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    My hard drives to be disposed of are from those old pcs that have been donated to local primary schools! No one would want the computers these are from.

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