Have you ever tried to physically destroy a hard drive?

I have. It is not easy. You would not believe how hard it was to do just this much damage to them.


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  1. #1 by John Erickson on January 20, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    And just WHAT did that poor hard drive ever do to you? ;)
    You don’t need to physically destroy them. I used to have a neat gimmick bought from Radio Shack. It was designed to guarantee total randomization of the particles on a VHS tape – most “auto-erase” features on VCRs and fast-rewinders only scrambled the signal, leaving a lot of data behind. If I needed to do so today? Probably take the hard drive out to my car and set it on the alternator for a few minutes. Enough EM coming out of that to shred your data pretty well, I imagine.
    And always remember, a fireplace doesn’t just provide a good sale point for a house. It’s also a great way to TRULY destroy paperwork. And I bet I could cook that hard drive to medium-well in only a few minutes…. :D

    • #2 by Shawn E. Tuma on January 20, 2013 - 2:56 pm

      I mainly did it for the challenge and stress relief – but I like the alternator idea!

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