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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 05:39
The best way to physically destroy an hard disk


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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 05:47


Yes you read correctly. Acides, explosive or thermites. I' m seeking the best way. The best is that wich leaves no traces.
I' ll try to realize to best way.

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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 06:22


This is a silly question that has little to do with chemistry or science.

High temperature incineration is probably the easiest and most reliable method.

This belongs in 'Miscellaneous'.




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 06:29


Quote: Originally posted by blogfast25  
This is a silly question that has little to do with chemistry or science.
High temperature incineration is probably the easiest and most reliable method.
This belongs in 'Miscellaneous'.

No sillier than many other posts on SM.

The best way to physically destroy HD is disintegrate it with anti-HD.
However, any information cannot be destroyed :P






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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 06:58


Install Windows 8.



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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 07:07


@kmno4:

It would certainly make a nice bonfire ;)

You mean the information would somehow remain embedded in the energy? Or are you kidding me?




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 07:09


You don't need to destroy the HD, just ask the NSA to ignore you (With some cash persuasions).
I prefer just melting the platters.




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 07:28


You could just overwrite it many times with random bits (to eliminate magnetic remanence).



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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 07:59


I would think that a large vat of strong base would dissolve everything of importance (except the wires, ferrite heads, and some steel components, such as screws).



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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 09:16


There's an instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Securely-erasing-a-hard-disk...

about melting the platter and thus exceeding the curie point:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454159

which ensures data destruction :cool:




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 09:47


Open the thing up and power up the hard drive. Then allow the read/write head to grind into the platters, destroying them. (Or you could just leave it open and keep it as a wall decoration, I have two for this purpose).

Thermiting it is another viable option. But whatever you do, if you want to render the drive unusable, make sure to unscrew the cover to ensure that the mechanisms inside will be forever contaminated with dust.




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 10:44


The -best- way would be to toss it into a black hole.

But there are many pretty good ways.

There are even machines commercially available to do this




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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 11:48


Hot aqua regia or molten potassium hydroxide would easily destroy the drive.
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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 11:48


Thanks everybody for answering, and sorry for this off-topic in this section.
Looks like there is no immediate and concealed way to physically destroy an hard disk drive.
A good solution is probably to open the disk and find inside some space for a couple of grams of explosive with an e-match ready to be activatedy from outside.
Very likely I'll opt for such a test... :)

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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 14:49


12 gauge slug is effective.
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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 15:09


Any problem can be solved with the right application of explosives...



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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 17:38


Quote: Originally posted by Pyrovus  
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[*] posted on 12-7-2014 at 22:35


Quote: Originally posted by blogfast25  
@kmno4:

It would certainly make a nice bonfire ;)

You mean the information would somehow remain embedded in the energy? Or are you kidding me?


Information remains embedded in the energy? You've been watching too many sci fiction movies :P
I guess it would be very interesting if it was actualy true. Also a very good idea for a spy movie or series.
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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 05:46


Hg:

I think he may be referring to 'Conservation of Information', here made simple [cough!]:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/08/conservation_of063671.h...

Made simple or not, it's above my pay grade. ;)




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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 06:13



The NSA already know whats on it.
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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 10:36


In all seriousness you should physically destroy hard drives before throwing them out. Its nothing to do with NSA paranoia, just so creepy bastards don't try to steal personal information.

Just hit it once with a drill press. The aluminum is like butter.




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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 10:46


Capacitor bank spot weld, from the spindle bearing shaft on bottom to the read/write arm axis ? Could be wired in place on a working machine. Waiting for the flick of a switch... Or an accidental tripping, WAZATT... Followed by uggh, no! :0 ! Thanks a lot Mr. Kitty!?

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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 10:56


I would saw it into several pieces and cover it with a magnetic dust, then melt or dissolve it with chemicals. If there was really sensitive info on it I would use explosives on whatever was left for good measure :D

[Edited on 13-7-2014 by TheAlchemistPirate]




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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 12:10


Make it look like it's sitting disconnected in your computer. Remove the interior components. Fill it with solder, making sure to short ALL of the pins together from the inside. It'll take the person who tries to read data off of it a while to figure out why their PSUs go out when they plug it in :P



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[*] posted on 13-7-2014 at 15:21


I like the way you think.
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