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Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007, 02:52 pm

My discovery for today is that when you *need* to destroy a SATA drive and put it entirely beyond use, they're surprisingly resillient little beasties that can survive being flung against a wall several times, being bounced off the ground several more and being hammered with a rock. I think we managed it but there is a lump of tarmac in the car park that is evidence to how a disk drive can be used as a digging implement.

Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)

You might still want to take out the platters and destroy them individually. Or just get out an electric drill and drill a few large holes through it and the platters. Or a grinder / circular saw and cut it into chunks. For a quicker job of destruction, thermite is your friend.

Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)

Hadn't thought of the Thermite but I suggested the drill idea and it got shot down because it isn't "Safe". Pegging it across a car park against a stone wall is safe but not drilling. It is a world gone mad.

I think we managed to shatter the platters though, there was a lot of rattling inside that sounded like broken glass, might give it another go though.

Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)

If you just want to stop people using it for whatever reason cut any cables, bend any pins and knock any surface mount components off.

But yeah, solid buggers, I spent 15 minutes with a drive wrapped in a tea towel whacking it with a hammer for basically nothing a few months ago.

If there had been a drill to hand I would have tried that, instead I just disabled it and have it sitting on my desk until the office drill turns up!

(It wasn't super critical data, and the disk was dying already, so using it to prop a monitor up is ok :))

Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)

grutok suggests that 4 screws hold the drive together, open and if any of them are still in even vaguely one piece, rub together.

Also big magnets are your friend... Or even smallish ones. Several rubbed around randomly will scramble some of the data nicely randomly.