To my fellow bloggers and readers…
Please tell me what method(s) you recommend to destroy and old hard drive? (leave comments below)
Recently a friend consulted with me and was asking for suggestions to destroy an old hard drive (see below)
In my bookcase I found an old Seagate 20 Gigabyte hard drive left from an old computer I had. I don’t want to just toss it in the trash because I think it can still be used by someone to get personal info of mine off of it. The only way I know of to destroy it is to put it on top a couple of bricks and whack it with a large ball-peen hammer. Another way, I think, is to disassemble it and take the disc out and cut it up. What suggestions do you have? Appreciate your help.
I applaud my friend for even giving thought to this. I have personally seen people dump their PC’s and hard drives, without giving thought about the data. From my experience, you would not believe the data I personally have come across on secondhand PC’s and hard drives.
My solution to this problem was to destroy the drive, as he had mentioned; and drill holes into the platters to make the drive unusable. Typically degaussing or shredding (with supporting certification) are ultimate solutions; however, cost could be a deterring factor for the everyday home based computer user. There are software solutions, as well, to remove data…
Please let us know your solution to this problem by commenting below. Thank you !