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Best way to destroy Hard Drive?

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July 26, 2010 6:08:13 PM


Have a fun but necessary post. I have a hard drive, with a fair amount of sensitive Data. In the past, i have just screwed up the connections on the underside of the HDD, but i wanted to know if theres a much more secure say of destroying a Hard Drive within what a normal person can do (which does not include melting the HDD down to liquid metal)



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July 26, 2010 6:27:53 PM

Use a program called Eraser. Can get it at

Use that first. Then drop your harddrive in boiling water, boiling acid.
July 26, 2010 6:29:26 PM

:)  i like the sound of that! Thanks-
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a b G Storage
July 26, 2010 6:39:56 PM

followed by the 12 gauge autoloader ;) 
July 26, 2010 6:47:42 PM

And if i dont have a 12 gauge?
a b G Storage
July 26, 2010 6:48:55 PM

Uzi 9mm, or the phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.
July 26, 2010 6:52:25 PM

ok, sounds good. If someone still manages to get the data after that, they deserve it :) 
a b G Storage
July 26, 2010 7:46:04 PM

Just take off the cover, and scratch the disks with something like a screwdriver.
July 26, 2010 8:33:19 PM

What I've been doing is take a drill and drilling all the way through the hard drive, top to bottom. That is of course after I toss it up in the air as high as i can...
a c 351 G Storage
July 26, 2010 8:36:50 PM

How about a 357 Herret (Basically a 350 Remington in a handgun (14" barrel) - makes the 44 Mag look like a toy.

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July 26, 2010 10:55:28 PM

If none available, a 15 lb sledge.
If not available, bury in cement.
If not available, gasoline fire/propane torch.

Might make an interesting BBQ with a touch of salsa picante.
July 26, 2010 11:40:06 PM

a hammer of course, but try implementing it in your favorite pastimes. play some baseball, basketball, golf, or ping pong (don't ruin your table) with the hard drive as the ball, and finish it off with a bonfire or torch.
or use the eraser tool
August 2, 2010 11:59:27 PM

I want to select a best answer, but i just cant, they are all so amazing! :D 
a b G Storage
August 3, 2010 12:10:46 AM

give one to the new guys
August 3, 2010 12:19:14 AM

Best answer selected by lazyperson17.