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    Safe Disposal of hard drive

    I have removed the hard drive from an old desk top - couldn't erase it while fitted.
    What's the safest and simplest way to dispose of it?

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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    Smash it up with a sledgehammer then put some in wheelie bin each week or dispose of a little in different public bins in various towns. Much safer than burying it although if you know of someone laying a base for slurry tank or something you could smash it up and put remains in there.
    Melting it down in bonfire or with blowtorch would also work.

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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Hayman View Post
    I have removed the hard drive from an old desk top - couldn't erase it while fitted.
    What's the safest and simplest way to dispose of it?
    Download a cheap drive wiper utility like killdisk, put it on a cd.

    Boot from the CD.

    Find the drive you want to clean up, select it, and the drive will be wiped several times normally 3 passes is fine.

    Take drive and dispose of it with other E waste for recycling.

    There is no need to smash, burn, bury or treat a hard drive like it is radioactive waste.

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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    There are some bargain world-cruise offers just now, many of which pass through the deepest
    stretches of the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by b slicker View Post
    There are some bargain world-cruise offers just now, many of which pass through the deepest
    stretches of the Atlantic Ocean.
    That would do!!
    Just make sure it's smashed up and in a bag with a brick

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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by grassmanman View Post
    That would do!!
    Just make sure it's smashed up and in a bag with a brick
    And that you have attacked it with the gas axe beforehand.

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    Re: Safe Disposal of hard drive

    2 mins at full power in the microwave would do it.......
    There are more engines killed through lack of water than through lack of oil

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