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    How I destroy hard drives.

    In this wonderful age of identity theft, the experts have recommended destroying the hard drives of any computers you dispose of. In large cities, there are services that will shred the crap out of the thing for you for a fee.

    In my case I dislike going into Denver and I'm cheap so I destroy HDD's in the following manner.

    1. I disassemble the drive, which includes the circuit board that gets thrown in the trash after it's removed from the HDD chassis. You will need small Torx (T-9 and below) screwdrivers to get the HDD apart. I got a set of five Crapsman drivers from Sears for a reasonable price.

    2. Once I get the drive open I rip out all the guts, which tends to wreck the read/write heads.

    3. By this time the HDD platters are exposed to the filth of my shop and my fingerprints. I then place each platter in my vise that has knurled jaw faces and proceed to beat the $h!t out of each platter with a hammer turning it into a modern art origami potato chip shaped masterpiece.

    I do keep the screws and platter spacers as they are cool.

    Beware as Western Digital uses rare earth magnets in some/all of their HDD's and these suckers are strong as I found out the hard way.

    After I got the WD HDD apart and destroyed, I was playing with the rare earth magnets attached to two head mounting brackets. One bracket had a needle like alignment pin attached to it. Yep, my thumb got between the magnets and the alignment pin went through my thumbnail. It hurt like bloody hell until I got the things separated and did a little first aid on my thumb. Surprisingly there wasn't much blood.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Sounds like a good way to protect ones information, mjn, EXCEPT for the part of playing with the magnets, until stabbing your thumb! Glad it wasn't a more serious injury.
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    I just use a sledge hammer



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I just use a sledge hammer
    Me too and I do it professionally for customers !
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    I love those magnets in the shop. Great for holding tools to anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRMCCABE View Post
    Me too and I do it professionally for customers !
    And charge $150 for it!
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    A big hammer works well. But a 45 auto is more fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    A big hammer works well. But a 45 auto is more fun.
    I use double aught buck or a slug. These days it is way easier to come by shot shells than 45ACP.

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    Hard drive disassembly tool. v.308... Sorry, hard drive acquirement optics are off for an upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    A big hammer works well. But a 45 auto is more fun.
    That's what I use. Heck, if people want to bring their old harddrives over my place I'll even let them borrow the handgun and supply the ammo.
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