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#1 hampsje

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 10:37 PM

How can one secure/delete old info off of HDD before recycling a computer? Especially when the computer is not able to turn on do due reasons of dead battery, missing power cord, etc for laptops?

Is there a trusted company to drop off old computers for recycling purposes without compromising any and all data left on the HDD?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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#2 nigsy

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:11 AM

You could take the drive out and hook it up to another computer; run a tool like DBAN to clear the data. (Doesn't work with SSDs)

 

https://dban.org/

 

Or just take the drive out and use the only trusted tool in the box.......hammer!


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 09:31 AM

use an electromagnet. when used for this purpose they are called degaussers.


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 01:18 PM

  1. Set the HD on a concrete slab.
  2. Hit it as hard as you can, 3 times on each side with a 8 lb (or larger) sledge hammer.
  3. Put it in a burn barrel with lots of waste paper and burn.  Repeat a time or two.
  4. Place HD in a bucket with 4" of water in it.  Leave until all water has evaporated and the HD has taken on a lovely rusty color.
  5. Discard to landfill with rest of trash.


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:27 PM

If i'm going to trash a HDD I open it up and remove the magnet and put the magnet to use on my refrigerator, if I'm concerned about the data I remove the platters and, strictly for scientific purposes, sit them on a glass in the microwave and nuke them for 2 seconds.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:44 AM

You could always take an electric drill and a 1/4 in bit and drill a couple of holes in the hdd. Last but not least just pass a strong magnet over it.




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