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Erasing hard dives.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by resnikov, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. resnikov

    resnikov Busy Member

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    Had some old hard drives that need to be erased and then binned.

    Thought I would try a new process.

    Started on a laptop drive, 10 shots with s410 and that looks like it's worked!

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    Then tried a desktop hard drive and after 10 shot's all it's done is dent it.

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    Didn't get time to try anymore shots this evening but might tomorrow.
     
  2. Ganton Gunner

    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    think your gonna need a few more shots to make them unreadable ;)
     
  3. Jackroadkill

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    Try a .17hmr or a 12 bore (with AAA's!)
     
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    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    good advice :)
     
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    Why not strip it? Some good aluminium parts and rings in them, also the discs are super shiny and mirror like, can make nice garden wind chines :) and don't forget the super strong magnets in them! They can make great tool holders in the shed when mounted to a board.
     
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    indeed strip em to get bits. best way to fudge em is with a sledgehammer :D
     
  7. Ganton Gunner

    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    best way is a microwave
     
  8. resnikov

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    I work in IT and all ways seem to loads of dead drives around, already have quite a few of the magnets and bits.
     
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    There is lots of uses for them! Hard drive grinders, or make a speaker! Hidden money stash ;) or a laser show lol also there is a turbine you can make from the magnets & motor :)
     
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    Do you have any obsolete laptop batteries you don't want?
     
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    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    don't want any obsolete ones like ken but if you have any present day li-ion ones that are faulty and not holding charge etc I would be interested ;)
     
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    Sorry they have to be disposed off officially at my work yet dead hdd's they are not fussed about.
     
  13. edtwozeronine

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    Once you've drilled through the platters a few times, there's not much hope of data recovery. Just recently my external 1TB has given up the ghost. I got it back with a reformat, and copied from my other 1TB back-up. Seems to be entirely corrupt this time. The computer won't recognise it.

    Oh well, thank f00k for back-ups!
     
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    Easiest way by far is to simply use an elctromagnet. Yoiu can make one by using a roll of electrical cable (I used a 50m roll of twin core flex) with one end of it joined to form a 100m coil of single core then put a 13A plug on the other end using the L + N terminals. It won't blow any fuses because the roll of wire acts as a resistance.
    Put the drive into the middle of the coil then turn on the power for a few seconds.
    That's it.....the drive is now fully erased and totally blank with no way to recover anything even with the best of recovery software. All that needs to be done is to format it and its ready for use or sale as a blank.
    My pal does his for free by taking it to work at the local scappy and putting it on top of the crane's electromagnet for a second.
     
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    haha.. stripped three old laptops last week and I'm taking the hds to wales with me to "destroy".... might involve an air rifle or three!
     
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    Oi, keep your crap in your own country...........it's hard enough putting up with you lot coming over :D
     

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