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Old 12-06-2011, 12:15 AM   #16
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After you have the platter out of the drive they're small enough to store indefinitely.

IF you want to render them completely unreadable, even by the NSA, then a few seconds with some sand paper will do it -- no fumes necessary.

But they look real cool the way they are.


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Old 12-11-2011, 11:22 AM   #17
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Unless you have atomic bomb secrets on the drive, it can be rendered inoperable by drilling a quarter inch hole in the case and then squeeze in a tube of bathtub caulking into the hole.
It would take the CIA to figure out a way of retrieving the data from it.
There is no mercury in hard drives. I'm violently allergic to mercury and make a point to avoid any dealings with it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:59 PM   #18
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Personally I would keep it. Your new computer will probably have a space for a second drive and you can utilize it.....assuming it is in working condition. If you chose to erase it, it can be easily done if the pc still works. If you want to destroy it, there are literally thousands of ways. My ex-boss insisted that we drill holes in them until they resembled swiss cheese....to each his own.
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I grabbed a curb find ince. It had the RAM and CPU removed, so for the heck of it I hooked up the HDD. Whoever it was left an easily readable tax return on it and all that information. Good thing for them I am a nice guy and wiped it before recurbing it.
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:05 AM   #20
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I know this thread is from "last year" at this point, but It gave me a chuckle since I have a little stack of HD's in my top desk drawer with the drives from all the computers I have given to the recycler over the years.

Thinking about joining the "take them apart" crowd.


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