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Question: Destroying a Hard Drive

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by HadleyPierce31, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. HadleyPierce31

    HadleyPierce31 Newbie

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    Hello again,

    What is the easiest way to destroy a hard drive, rendering it unreadable? I'm talking about physically destroying it, not just wiping it clean.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Izzma

    Izzma Regular Member

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    Use a magnet! They totally destroy any hard drive. I know from personal experience...
     
  3. SeanAustin

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    Give it to a female. Her natural instincts should have that thing broken in no time.
     
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  4. cricket1

    cricket1 Senior Member

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    Do it the classic way:
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    Burn it and after that throw it in a lake.
     
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    Salt water is the only true way to do it.

    ions from the salt strip the metal used to hold memory or something.
     
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    Just pour some water on it then pour gas THEN light it on fire THEN start smashing it will a hammer THEN drop taco sauce on it and you should be good.
     
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    Just stop downloading shady porn and you will have no need to.
     
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    Take the appropriate screw drivers and dismantle the drive. Take the ring lose that is holding the platters and remove the platters. take them individually, and rub the surface over and over with a strong magnet, (the one in the hard drive is perfect for this) going in random strokes every which way, doing this to both sides.

    Then take some very coase steel wool or a wire brush, or even a screwdriver, and scrub both surfaces until they are extremely scratched up.

    The disks will be made of either metal or glass. Take that hammer as someone has suggested, and smack the platter smartly in the middle, on the hole. If it is made of glass it will shatter (do this in the bottom of a garbage wait for easy disposal).

    If it is metal, try to use the hammer to flatten it into a cube or ball, sometimes they are too tough, so just lay the flat and smack them many times, but turn the hammer slightly so the edge of the hammer impacts the disk creating creases and smashed areas.

    Discard one disk each week in your garbage, or go around town and discard them into dumpsters. just throw them away at different times and locations.

    If you have a program called eraser, before you do all this run a DOD erase on the entire drive and be sure to wipe the cluster tips too.
     
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  11. Sharksfan

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    Thermite. You can buy the supplies for it pretty easily online. A small amount of that will destroy it in a fast burn (but not an explosion).
     
  12. Intruder

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    Hire a freelancer and he will do it for you... LOL... JK
    Why you posted this thread in this section ??
     
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    Open all screws on top of HDD
    take out cover
    You will see something like Compact Disc.
    Crack it with hammer in pieces.
    no one can recover this now.
    [​IMG]
     
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    You have to use a electromagnet, you can also blow it up, smash it with a hammer, through it in a pot of boiling water, through it over a water fall, run it over with a car, go sky diving and through it out of the plain, find a big vat of nucular wast and give it a dip, drop a building on it, find a shark and feed it to it, why what where you doing? (edit) Sorry OP I could not help my self, it kinda got away from me there for a minuet
     
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    This should do it.
     
  16. dragonno

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    They say the only way to make it unreadable is to drill SEVERAL holes in it. And I would use the hammer idea above afterwards. Then dump the pieces in several dump trucks not your regular trash which may go to a recycling place.
     
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    Install Windows on it.
     
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    Thermite
     
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    A magnet will do the job, ask this guy..

    [​IMG]
     
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  20. Artista

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    I will destroy your hard drive for $5