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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:03 pm

Nerds .. how do you destroy a Hard drive

I have to "securely" dispose of about 3 dozen old HDD's out of a bunch of OLD servers I am getting rid of.
I am thinking of dropping this lot in a large pot with some hot vinegar ... I knew one guy that worked at a smelter that used to pop em into the vacuum furnace .. doubt even the NSA would have had any luck there.

I know that short of the vacuum furnace method if someone is determined\well enough financed enough the data is recoverable .. I am talking about your typical tip scavenger.


what ways have you used to make it difficult to recover the information on the old HDD's you toss out .. ( you do make sure you disable the drives don't you ? )
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:23 pm

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I'm guessing you don't want to disassemble every drive :D

Hydrochloric acid? Vinegar just seems so feminine haha
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:26 pm

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Bench drill and a 1/4 inch bit. Or big hammer and a large centre punch.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:39 pm

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EMP - eletromagnetic pulse. Im told hitting them with a welder on high amps on the spindle area and the earth on the chassis tends to rearrange a megnetic particle or two besides frying the spindle.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:09 pm

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I have always just placed them on a hard surface and a few blows with a sledge hammer soon fixes the problem.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:18 pm

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Pickaxe and hit each one in the platter area.

Or put a bullet thru each one.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:36 pm

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While I'm sure Australopithecus would approve of all the above methods, here in the 21st century software exists to erase hard drives to certain standards such as those of the US Department of Defense.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:51 pm

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Software?? How boring :o
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:06 pm

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SHOOT EM SHOOT EM ALL.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:50 pm

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Car wreckers yard and put them through a crusher.
Cut up with plasma cutter.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:51 pm

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oldmate wrote:While I'm sure Australopithecus would approve of all the above methods, here in the 21st century software exists to erase hard drives to certain standards such as those of the US Department of Defense.


Yeah, we use that at work. Triple wipe of the HDD. Takes hours.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:00 pm

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Throw them in a hot fire.
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:11 pm

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Wrap them in plastic , place in a plastic sturdy container and then bury them in concrete in your home. In about 60 years when everyone is gone and the New World Order is in place the survivors will find out how primitive we were. :D


me thinks of this when I typed that.

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toaddog wrote:SHOOT EM SHOOT EM ALL.


This. X elentybillion........ :cool:
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http://youtu.be/yd_O7-rqcHc

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Nail them to the floor
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Post Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:57 pm

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What's wrong with a can of petrol and a match?
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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:16 am

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Industrial shredder

http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/
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I am the Nightrider! I am the chosen one. The mighty hand of vengeance, sent down to strike the unroadworthy!
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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:25 am

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MattGU wrote:Industrial shredder

http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/



I soooo want one of those ...
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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:36 am

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oldmate wrote:While I'm sure Australopithecus would approve of all the above methods, here in the 21st century software exists to erase hard drives to certain standards such as those of the US Department of Defense.


I have no idea if these hard drives work .. I am not digging up all the various interfaces needed to get them online ..

to give you some idea 45 to 50 drives some in caddies .. I have found 8 inch floppy disks, 2.88mb floppy disks, a few full height 5.25 inch 1.2 Gb seagate hdds, a few half height 5.25 drives, there is IDE, SCSI, SCSI 80, SCSI 160 ,SCSI 320, a few generic compaq connectors, some huge ( seriously is is over 30 cm across, similar size to an old vinyl LP ) Sony version of a floppy disk looking thing with a metal platter I have not been able to identify as yet ..

AND ..

It takes ages to wipe the data ..

AND .. this is the most important bit

IT IS BORING.

a couple of the full height drives, some of the 8 inch floppies and weird sony disk are being kept ..
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http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-a ... ing-tools/

Other than that get at them with an oxy torch.
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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:33 pm

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Guy wrote:
MattGU wrote:Industrial shredder

http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/



I soooo want one of those ...


There is also the more domesticated version

http://www.willitblend.com

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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:40 pm

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MattGU wrote:
Guy wrote:
MattGU wrote:Industrial shredder

http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/



I soooo want one of those ...


There is also the more domesticated version

http://www.willitblend.com

Matt



That is the question ...
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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:33 pm

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There can be a lot of precious metals in old e-waste.
Why not start a new hobby by digesting it all in acid and refining out the good stuff. At the same time destroy the data.

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cleaned out all of the old putters we had here about a year ago and was faced with the same issue.....


enter the humble garden mulcher

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I'm sure some of the bits of missing "data" are scattered somewhere on the lawn, the rest went to landfill

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Post Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:28 pm

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Donate them to Rotary, they send them o/seas to 3rd world countries schools and small business AND they wipe them for you.

Mate is in Rotary, he is a computer guru, he does the wipe and certifies it for the firms and then sets them up with basic operating systems , adds in a screen /mouse/keyboard and they go to be used by some kid in some village in some godforsaken corner of the world.
They even provide a certificate for the wipe and also a Thankyou certificate for the corporate feel good wall

We just did 25 desktops from a large Auto firm and will get the next batch .
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Post Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:57 am

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chris_stoffa wrote:Donate them to Rotary, they send them o/seas to 3rd world countries schools and small business AND they wipe them for you.

Mate is in Rotary, he is a computer guru, he does the wipe and certifies it for the firms and then sets them up with basic operating systems , adds in a screen /mouse/keyboard and they go to be used by some kid in some village in some godforsaken corner of the world.
They even provide a certificate for the wipe and also a Thankyou certificate for the corporate feel good wall

We just did 25 desktops from a large Auto firm and will get the next batch .



I work for a regional hospital, The drive's are mostly from old servers .. They are not to leave the premises in a useable ( meaning data recoverable ) state is what I have been told

We dontate alot of our more modern stuff from workstations etc once they have been DBAN'd
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Post Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:46 am

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Get your hands on an induction hardener. That will properly destroy them.
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Post Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:23 pm

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I normally put a few holes in them with a 10mm drill bit.
Have also been known to arrange hammer parties in the car park for the guys in the office. A sledge makes short work of it.
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