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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.
 

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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 love those magnets in the shop. Great for holding tools to anything.

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A big hammer works well. But a 45 auto is more fun.:laugh: :snipersmilie:
 

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A big hammer works well. But a 45 auto is more fun.:laugh: :snipersmilie:
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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A big hammer works well. But a 45 auto is more fun.:laugh: :snipersmilie:
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. :laugh:
 

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I love those magnets in the shop. Great for holding tools to anything.

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I knew I had a few pics of hard drive magnets in a repurposed mode:

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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. :laugh:
I'll trade ya garden seed for the chance to get some .45 target practice! :thumbup1gif:

I used to get weekly target practice with most of my stuff, shooting snapping turtles. Things grew up just enough around me, that I have to worry about a bad shot and getting a ricochet, and it going towards someone's house now. :cray: I think I am going to have to join our local gun club for target practice, and also drive to Fort Worth to join the trap and skeet club. Cost of ammo is just ridiculous though. :nunu:
 
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