When do you throw out a HDD?

  Electronic_Eric 23:33 PM 17 Mar 13
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At what point do you throw a HDD out? I have a few lying around and can't decide on whether i should throw them in the bin or keep them around.

  lotvic 00:27 AM 18 Mar 13

Depends on what's on them and size. I never chuck out any until I have applied lump hammer/drilled through to break the shiny disc inside to make them unusable/unreadable (even the clunky ones that have mechanical fault) Obviously I protect against flying bits :)

  Electronic_Eric 01:24 AM 18 Mar 13

Obviously, if a HDD is thrown away, any wanted data is copied over to something else first.

  Chronos the 2nd 08:41 AM 18 Mar 13

I never chuck out any until I have applied lump hammer/drilled through to break the shiny disc inside to make them unusable/unreadable (even the clunky ones that have mechanical fault) Obviously I protect against flying bits :)

Why not just unscrew the cover plate and remove the insides? No flying bits. Or you could just overwrite it a few times.

  spuds 09:33 AM 18 Mar 13

At what point, would be when you decide, depending on possible space limitations or requirements. Perhaps the Nigerian 419 scammer's might have good use for them, or some third world recycling enterprise. Not much value here in the UK, with the price drops on new HDD's?.

  Nontek 10:03 AM 18 Mar 13

Obviously, if a HDD is thrown away, any wanted data is copied over to something else first.

But, even if everything is then deleted from old HDD, the information is still easily accessible!

Hence, as others have said - physical destruction is best policy!

  lotvic 11:04 AM 18 Mar 13

Chronos, yes I unscrew if possible, but some I've had I couldn't do that no matter how I tried. Had to wedge an old chisel in and belt it until metal casing parted company.

Nontek, Spot on, don't like the idea that it's possible for someone to 'have a looksee' and recover any data. Bit like shredding or burning old papers and bank statements.

  wee eddie 11:06 AM 18 Mar 13

Never throw away - stick them into a case and use as an External Back-up Drive

  wee eddie 11:15 AM 18 Mar 13

Physical Destruction: Hitting with a hammer is, potentially, very dangerous to yourself from flying shards of disk.

The best way that I have heard, is to crush it in a vice. If you don't have one, every small Garage does.

  spuds 11:51 AM 18 Mar 13

Going on destruction, I once witnessed a large quantity of 'dodgy' goods, including computer drives and parts, go through the 'JCB' treatment, then dropped into a furnace. That should have destroyed any evidence?.

  Chronos the 2nd 12:05 PM 18 Mar 13

Quite often there are students looking for dead HDD's for some art project from another forum I am a member of. Have a look here,I chose this thread as the guy posted a couple of images. Dead HDD Art. I had only one for this guy but if memory serves I had three for another.

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