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    I've got an old H/P laptop that died. If I take the disc thing out of it, is that all I need to do to remove my personal files and data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X750 View Post
    I've got an old H/P laptop that died. If I take the disc thing out of it, is that all I need to do to remove my personal files and data?
    Yes take the Hard Drive out and the memory card would not hurt. If you do not need the hard drive take a hammer to both the HD and the memory chips. That will ensure nothing can be retrieved. Make sure the HD is damaged beyond use.
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    Just Take the Hard drive Out You May be able to recover Your files if that what You still want to do Just because the computer doesn't work doesn't mean your Data is gone. If You don't Care about Your data Pound a Nail thru the Hard drive and Make sure all the Platters are destroyed Before you throw it Out.

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    Angle grinder, chop saw or drill bit works good as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    Just Take the Hard drive Out You May be able to recover Your files if that what You still want to do Just because the computer doesn't work doesn't mean your Data is gone. If You don't Care about Your data Pound a Nail thru the Hard drive and Make sure all the Platters are destroyed Before you throw it Out.

    We shred are Hard drive for our Clients because one of our Clients is a Foreign Ministry of Defense
    Hard drive shredders are fun AND noisy. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by X750 View Post
    I've got an old H/P laptop that died. If I take the disc thing out of it, is that all I need to do to remove my personal files and data?
    Make sure it’s the hard drive and not the “disc thing” that’s two different things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillieS View Post
    Yes take the Hard Drive out and the memory card would not hurt. If you do not need the hard drive take a hammer to both the HD and the memory chips. That will ensure nothing can be retrieved. Make sure the HD is damaged beyond use.
    I wouldn't worry about the memory chips. Nothing is going to be on them. The only way the data is recoverable is if the machine stayed powered up or dropped into something like liquid nitrogen and then quickly recovered. We have some tools that we use when seizing a computer to keep it powered up and the user logged in if they happened to be using the computer when the warrant is served. https://www.cru-inc.com/products/wie...d_kit_product/

    That is unless you are talking about a M.2 Drive but I would doubt an old computer would have that type of drive. They are not very common until you get into higher end relatively new computers. I have one in my Dell along with a traditional SSD.

    I would pull the HD and destroy or do what you want with it. There are some software options out there (some free) that will destroy the data on a drive to DOD Specs yet the drive can still be used. We have to do that to meet the FBI standards for drives that have held Criminal Justice Information. However that only works on functioning drives. If it is a drive that is pulled from service because it is failing then we physically destroy them. as we can't trust that a wipe will be successful.
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    Make it a FUN thing........personally i would take it out to my personal gun range and blast the whole computer to shreads.....then if the hard drive was somehow still intact i would set it up and blast the heck out of it..........or some other appropriate fate...........physical destruction of the hard drive is the goal....

    beat it to pulp with tractor
    weld or cutting torch it
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttazzman View Post
    Make it a FUN thing........personally i would take it out to my personal gun range and blast the whole computer to shreads.....then if the hard drive was somehow still intact i would set it up and blast the heck out of it..........or some other appropriate fate...........physical destruction of the hard drive is the goal....

    beat it to pulp with tractor
    weld or cutting torch it
    etc
    We used to do this but the range got tired of the trash left behind. I do like the smoke wrench option the best.
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