Destroying data on expired HDD

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  1. emmjay

    emmjay Registered Member

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    I have a USB external hard drive that has just failed ... it has backup data on it (some of it personal data). The units light is on but no PC or desktop I have can see the unit. I would like to destroy the data before tossing the unit away. It is a LaCie 500MB unit which I have had for about 5 years and it has a very solid exterior.

    What is the best way to destroy the data on it, considering I am having problems accessing it? It is not password protected.
     
  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    use hammer and then dispose pieces responsibly
     
  3. guest

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    Collect some wood and get some lighter fluid
    build a nice fire and toss it in
    problem solved :D :D :argh:
     
  4. emmjay

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    Thought of hammer solution, but thing is SOLID (Designed by Porche, no less!). I can not even open it.

    Do not like fire solution at all :eek:
     
  5. CloneRanger

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    Put it inside your oven on a tray on HIGH heat for at least an hour :thumb:
     
  6. ABee

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    Then you need a bigger hammer.

    Putting a full over-the-top roundhouse on that drive with a 16 or 20-lb. sledge a couple of times should section it out quite nicely.
     
  7. cm1971

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    Maybe you could take a drill and drill numerous holes through it.
     
  8. jnthn

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    or 'til golden brown.


    Sorry I just had to :D
     
  9. emmjay

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    Drilling holes might be fun. Might drop it off a tall building and see what happens...if it doesn't break it, it will surely defrag the drive. :argh:
     
  10. x942

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    THERMITE!!! :D be careful though ;)
     
  11. Cudni

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    closing as we have covered enough ways to destroy an hd. Thank you all
     
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