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Is this the hard drive ?


MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 10:32AM
Hi...I'm looking to dispose of an old computer and thought it prudent to remove the hard drive first.
I've removed a completely sealed, rectangular, hard plastic box, an inch deep and approximately 6" x 4"
...a label on it states ...Samsung ...Model HD5021J .....Is this the hard drive ?
.....many thanks....Mike

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Fma7 4 1.0k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 10:41AM
EddieAC 14 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 10:49AM
A quick Google of "HD5021J" does return results relating to the hard drive and the HD in the model number is most likely referring to that so I'd say yes, that's it. Smile
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 11:09AM
Cheers people....a few whacks with a hammer then take the whole lot to the tip
....thanks....Mike.
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 11:21AM
Why not put the drive in an external usb caddy rather than chuck it?

Phil
MikeRC 14 3.6k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 11:30AM
Thanks Phil...good idea but I already have 3 external hard drives, none of them with much on so cannot see much use for another.
....cheers .....Mike
EddieAC 14 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 11:36AM
After a few whacks with a hammer you could be presented with quite a few macro opportunities. Tongue
User_Removed 4 1.0k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 12:44PM
Why be so quick to "throw" things away, too much landfill these days276190_1449405853.jpg

Fma7 4 1.0k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2015 1:59PM
Robert51 11 7 92 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2015 8:21AM
Why not do a full format of the drive. This will wipe everything and you have a clean drive with no bad sectors.

Just an idea.
8 Dec 2015 4:44PM

Quote:Why not do a full format of the drive. This will wipe everything and you have a clean drive with no bad sectors.


Not sure this is right....formatting a drive only tells the "system" that it's okay to write stuff wherever you like, ignoring what's already on there...hence the disk is NOT wiped clean..? same with formatting cards in cameras...existing data can still be retrieved after you've done it...

...and surely "bad sectors" are still likely to be "bad"...?
CTee 13 131 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2015 5:35PM
You are right after formatting a drive with the right software (easily available) data can be retrieved.

You could use a program which will erase data to DOD standards which would give better data protection.
Philh04 Plus
14 2.1k United Kingdom
8 Dec 2015 5:37PM


Quote:Not sure this is right....formatting a drive only tells the "system" that it's okay to write stuff wherever you like, ignoring what's already on there...hence the disk is NOT wiped clean..? same with formatting cards in cameras...existing data can still be retrieved after you've done it...

...and surely "bad sectors" are still likely to be "bad"...?



That is my understanding too... I think they may have meant a 'low level' format, a normal format just wipes the FAT I believe, probably more complicated than that mind.... I would still put the drive in a usb housing, it would be a useful back-up...

Phil
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
8 Dec 2015 5:52PM
8 Dec 2015 8:50PM

Quote:This will delete everything on it.

Permanently.



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...So will this.....Tongue


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