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Destroy Old PC Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hard Drive - HDD' started by changintimes, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. changintimes

    changintimes Registered Members

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    Hi everyone,

    Does anybody know a good way to destroy an old desktop hard drive?

    Hammer? Drill? Is there an easier way?

    Thanks, Larry
     
  2. Tony D

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    I like to remove the top cover and use a screw driver to scrape the surfaces of the actual disks. Once they are physically damaged, you won't be able to recover the data.

    If you want to go the software route, check out our Recommend Software Page at https://computerhelpforums.com/threads/chf-recommended-software.48136/

    Harddrive Erasers:

    Free versions:
    Paid Versions:
     
  3. plodr

    plodr CHF Advisor CHF Advisers

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    We take ours apart. You do need several decent small sized screw drivers. We save the magnet then I use a key to scratch the platters. We then recycle the metal platters.
     
  4. tecknomage

    tecknomage Registered Members

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    CPU:
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690 CPU @ 3.50GHz
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    4tb
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    NVIDIA Corporation GK104 [GeForce GTX 770] 1990mb memory
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    I live in San Diego, CA, and there is a local electronic disposal business where you can watch your drive chopped up into chunks of metal, all you have to do is remove any mountings or case. In other words you give them just the drive.
    Check your area. :geek:
     
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  5. changintimes

    changintimes Registered Members

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    Thanks very much Tony D, plodr and technomag!

    I will let you know what I ultimately do, and how it went.

    Thanks, Larry
     
  6. Tony D

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    Have fun with it.
     

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