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#1 Gerowen

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 22:24

Editing the video now, here's photo of what was left after I was done wiping my hard drive today.

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#2 +jamesyfx

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 22:26

I took a hammer to an old DVR yesterday.

It was brilliant. I broke a piece off the hammer though.

Shooting the drive would be much more fun though.. :D

#3 billyea

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 22:26

I can still see some Bits!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 22:32

To wipe a HDD one must continually write nothing to it...

#5 OP Gerowen

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:09

As promised, here's the video demonstrating my method of wiping a hard drive of any residual data when it refuses to co-operate with my computer.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:12

Yeah not good enough, There's probably some files the NSA can extract, from those platters.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:18

get a flower pot with a hole in them middle and fill it with two parts powered iron oxide(rust) to one part powered aluminum. get a wick and light it from afar and protect your eyes from the searing bright light.

#8 OP Gerowen

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:57

Yeah not good enough, There's probably some files the NSA can extract, from those platters.


There's nothing THAT sensitive on there. Anything on that drive the NSA probably already has copies of anyway, I just didn't want some shifty criminal to dig it out of the trash, call up Western Digital and pay a few dollars to have all my personal files recovered and sent to him, :-P

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:08

I wipe my drive with a paper towel :p

#10 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:09

I wipe my drive with a paper towel :p

DAMMIT That was my line :p

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:13

Yeah not good enough, There's probably some files the NSA can extract, from those platters.


Once the control board is dead, that's it, there's nothing no one can do with that.

#12 Jason Stillion

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:25

Once the control board is dead, that's it, there's nothing no one can do with that.


There's equipment that can directly read the magnetic patterns directly off the platters to restore the data.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:36

Unless it was faulty, that was a thoroughly reckless act of wasteful stupidity on a perfectly good 1TB WD hard drive.
A good secure wipe would've been enough to prevent any miscreant from performing dodgy data recovery on it.

Once the control board is dead, that's it, there's nothing no one can do with that.


Except replace the dead control board with fully functional identical control board.

#14 Chris Rollason

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 13:41

Boot and nuke to wipe the data forever, then feel free to destroy it in any way you see fit!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 14:54

Once the control board is dead, that's it, there's nothing no one can do with that.


Yea... because the control board is where the data is saved ? :/