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hard drive eraser


mr2cameras 5 36 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2015 6:12PM
Hi all
I've got an old Windows 98 laptop that I want to dispose of, as it's not really working properly and won't do much useful stuff anyway. Can anyone recommend a free disk eraser program that will erase the main hard drive (including the OS)?

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thewilliam 11 6.1k
23 Sep 2015 7:13PM
We prefer a mechanical destruction of the HDD.

Using a bit between 6mm and 12mm, drill a few holes right through the drive where the disk itself will be perforated. Make sure your pattern is assymetric so that the disk can never spin in balance. Then soak the drive in strong brine or battery acid to really gum up the works.
RogBrown 13 3.1k 10 England
23 Sep 2015 7:31PM
What's wrong with a big hammer? Smile
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
23 Sep 2015 8:07PM
Or download a copy of Killdisk and wipe it totally clean.
Jestertheclown 11 8.2k 253 England
23 Sep 2015 9:07PM
Boot'n'Nuke will do the trick although Rog's method is just as effective and takes far less time.
23 Sep 2015 10:04PM

Quote:What's wrong with a big hammer


My preferred option....Smile
lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2015 10:22PM
My process is:
* Drop 3 floors
* Hit with club hammer a few times
* Drill holes all the way through in various places
* Fill with silicon sealant

Recon that should make it fairly difficult to get the data off.
MGJ 11 372 6
23 Sep 2015 10:42PM
Dban is good is another.

I just used a blow torch on the disk. Easy to do! Effective too! And childishly pleasurable watching the whole disk shrivel.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
23 Sep 2015 11:44PM
I've used spade - dug a hole and buried several disks at the bottom of the garden alongside a tortoise, 2 cats, goldfish and a few birds.
wsteffey 13 13 United States
24 Sep 2015 12:56AM
Don't use the same people Hiliary did.
EddieAC 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2015 7:25AM

Quote:Dban is good is another. I just used a blow torch on the disk. Easy to do! Effective too! And childishly pleasurable watching the whole disk shrivel.


That would also make for a good timelapse sequence!!! Tongue
24 Sep 2015 8:48AM

Quote:My process is:
* Drop 3 floors
* Hit with club hammer a few times
* Drill holes all the way through in various places
* Fill with silicon sealant

Recon that should make it fairly difficult to get the data off.


And don't forget a trip to some developing country to wipe off all important data backups from Internet serverTongue
Maybe not...- till Windows 10 becomes a mainstay.

On a serious note - I just format it to Linux file system and chuck in the bin. Someone who may wish to know about my computer activities that hard will know it anyway - it's 21 century outside.


Quote:
Quote:Dban is good is another. I just used a blow torch on the disk. Easy to do! Effective too! And childishly pleasurable watching the whole disk shrivel.


That would also make for a good timelapse sequence!!! Tongue


Yep, just don't forget wearing some industrial grade air filtering face mask.Grin That will make the footage unforgettable - and safe enough.
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
24 Sep 2015 9:00AM
Why not put the drive in an external enclosure, format it and use it as an external hard drive? We bought an enclosure from Novotech, the drive simply slips in and away you go...

Phil
chris.maddock 19 3.7k United Kingdom
24 Sep 2015 9:50AM

Quote:My process is:
* Drop 3 floors
* Hit with club hammer a few times
* Drill holes all the way through in various places
* Fill with silicon sealant
Recon that should make it fairly difficult to get the data off.



I take 'em apart - I end up with some handy small reflectors (either for photography or for keeping birds off strawberries) and a collection of interestingly-shaped fridge magnets Wink
col.campbell 16 1.3k 4 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2015 10:30AM
Take a magnet to it; I believe that'll wipe it and render it useless. Not as much fun, though, as some of the earlier suggestions!

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