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Hard drives

Discussion in 'Computer Related Help & Discussion' started by Dorset_Mike, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    A post on another forum asks about how to destroy a hard disc when disposing of a PC, he got all sorts of replies ranging from claw hammer to nitro glycerine or an incinerator. My thoughts would be remove the hard disc, then either install it in the new PC as a second drive or get an external drive case and use it as a portable drive or for back up. The only time to consider destruction would be if the drive was faulty. Any other thoughts?
  2. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I am amazed by the people who no matter how many times they read about climate change, resources and this planet they still have no morals and want to destroy perfectly good things. Disgusting.

    There are easy ways to totally wipe a dive, better still donate it to a charity specialized in restoring computers for the less fortunate

    YOU on the other hand are a1

    The Turing Trust is registered under the Charities Commission in England & Wales #1156687.

    There are many others, STOP this throw away mentality

    Years ago I found a Henry cleaner thrown out for the dustmen, great condition, only fault, cable by plug had broken, 60 seconds and it is still here
  3. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Some times a company may require that a hard drive is destroyed as the most secure option. I have the discs of several where that was required. The actual disc is, in practice, almost indestructible. Unless there is a very compelling reason to do so, don't even attempt to destroy a hard disc, recycle it instead, it is MUCH easier!
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    A hard disk can be wiped. It involves multiple overwrites of all the disk sectors. Someone would have to be seriously motivated to try to recover data from a wiped disk. The only motivations I can think of is that the disk contained business critical information or had illegal content. A wiped disk put into a local authority recycling scheme would disappear, especially if recycled separately from the computer.
  5. Derek W

    Derek W Well-Known Member

    If I have a hard drive that is past it's sell by date or no longer needed then I personally destroy it.

    Multiple holes drilled into it and then a few passes with an angle grinder usually does the trick.
  6. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Over the years, I've probably had 20+ spinning disk hard drives that I've upgraded from and no longer needed / had space for. There's no point keeping 40GB drives knocking around for ever. As they get bigger, running 'wipes' takes longer and longer, but is still a useful method. If you overwrite the entire drive with random content, only specialist tools can recover the data.
  7. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I have personally destroyed hard drives from 3 previous PCs before recycling the PC carcass. In two cases the disc drive was faulty, but I still suspect somebody with the right technology could get stuff from it even if not faulty and 'wiped'. It only needs a few minutes with a hammer and an old (big) screwdriver, but beware sharp edges as demolition proceeds.

    I would not put personal / confidential stuff on paper out for recycling without shredding it first, and destruction of an old hard drive is the only way I know to have this level of security when it is no longer wanted.
  8. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    November 5th - shove your old hard drives in the base of the bonfire - metal platters will buckle, glass ones melt and the heat will destroy the magnetism anyway. ;)
  9. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    But then they are binned when they could be scrapped
  10. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I recycled all the parts except the actual discs with the ones I was charged with destroying.
  11. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I was once advised to 'bake' old hard drives in a domestic oven, but warned to make sure the kitchen was very well ventilated at the time, which put me off. Some of the stuff in the hard drive probably produces quite unpleasant fumes when heated.

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