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    disposing of old hard drives

    Got rid of lots of old computers but due to time constraints removed hard drives to deal with at a later date. They are all 6gb and smaller so am going to throw them but can't decide whether to use erasing software or a hammer! What does anyone else use?

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Hammer and nails. A lot of fun too

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    defo hammer bang! bang!

    have fun

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Do both best to be sure. I was changing a computer for someone in the lakes, I pulled the hard drive out of the old one and explained to him why. He was a builder and he got a caterpillar JCB to run over it.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-Greatermanchester
    Do both best to be sure
    Lol I think one is enough . You might wanna do both if you were working for MI5 or something

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Hard disks can be recovered from lots of damage types - the best is to go up a few stories and drop it out a window... The platters should shatter into very small pieces

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    6mm drill bit though the controller chip AND the platter!

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    We've got a heavy-duty mechanical metal cutting guillotine in the workshop so we use it to cut the drives into quarters!

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Your Chemistry Department can probably help you with a good acid or two.

    Possibly a silly question, but how much sensitive data is actually on the hard disk though?

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    Possibly a silly question, but how much sensitive data is actually on the hard disk though?
    Its a good point
    We dont go overboard with ours. We wipe them but not to like military standards or anything
    At the end of the day the main thing we are worried about is someone using the whole PC with our schools agreement OS on.
    There is a minute chance some data could be recovered off the HD's but as no profiles are cached and as far as I know no SIMS data is stored locally, I cant see theres too much to worry about

    Im sure someone will now come and state that we're not following the DPA correctly and that I should be shot at dawn for it but oh well

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Quote Originally Posted by "_Bat_
    Lol I think one is enough . You might wanna do both if you were working for MI5 or something
    They'd just leave them in the back of a taxi.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    we use it to cut the drives into quarters!
    Why can't you use Fdisk or Partition Magic like everyone else ? ;-)

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    Oh, we're just paranoid. And we like smashing things!

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    I incinerate our platters.

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    Re: disposing of old hard drives

    usually there is a hole on one side of the drive covered with a silver sticker, stick a srewdriver in there and scratch it all up then smack it with a hammer, the Tech's love it

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