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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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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.

We shred are Hard drive for our Clients because one of our Clients is a Foreign Ministry of Defense :bigthumb:
 

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Angle grinder, chop saw or drill bit works good as well.
 

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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.

We shred are Hard drive for our Clients because one of our Clients is a Foreign Ministry of Defense :bigthumb:
Hard drive shredders are fun AND noisy. :)
 

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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?
Make sure it’s the hard drive and not the “disc thing” that’s two different things.
 

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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/wiebetech/hotplug_field_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. :rocket: 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......:yahoo:.....physical destruction of the hard drive is the goal....

beat it to pulp with tractor
weld or cutting torch it
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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......:yahoo:.....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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i would also be tempted to take the hard drive apart ....i think some have some heavy duty magnets in them
Yes rare earth magnets. Dang nice magnets. I'm more paranoid than most. If I'm not keeping the drive to recover data, I drill them and drop them in sandy salt water. I haven't destroyed any since I got the plasma cutter. That will be fun.:bigthumb:
 

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I like the 3 pounds of Tannerite and the 5.56 round "computer obsolesce" plan.......It turns the entire thing into a mass of shredded pieces, but it does make quite a mess and isn't environmentally friendly. But is sure is fun.....:bigthumb:

One of my old notebooks got a "Ransom ware" infection (I keep telling the real SulleyBear to stay off those dang porn sites K9's go to all of the time.....) and they wanted $500 in Bitcoin. Instead, it got 15 .45 caliber rounds in the back yard..........

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I think it is necessary to remove some personal files and data from the old laptop,you have no way of knowing that these personal info will be of interest to others.
 

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i would also be tempted to take the hard drive apart ....i think some have some heavy duty magnets in them
Yes, almost all of them contain decent sized rare earth magnets. I’ve torn apart quite a few drives. The magnets have all kinds of uses.
 

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I think it is necessary to remove some personal files and data from the old laptop,you have no way of knowing that these personal info will be of interest to others.
Have you tried the free version of Ccleaner?But it is not enought to wipe up large format files,for that,try Safewiper,anything can be removed by it.
 
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