John Kreno on 22 Oct 2017 12:24:21 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Securely destroy and responsibly recycling hardware

I'm not entirely sure, but I believe that drilling through the magnetic platters will shatter them. You may not destroy the actual data on them, but you have made life very difficult for someone trying to get at your data. You could also just write over the whole disk many times, but it takes time. 

If you are a gun enthusiast, hard drives make good targets at long range.

For SSDs and the like, I think a good answer there is "will it blend?"


On Sun, Oct 22, 2017 at 1:24 PM, Will <> wrote:
If you get access to circuit boards you can easily shuffle your feet across the carpet and shock the boards. You won't believe how much ESD can destroy boards. 


On Oct 22, 2017 12:51, "Paul Walker" <> wrote:
Here's a gif of Elliot wiping all his gear - looks like he puts sd / ssd / memory in the microwave (I'm obviously not going to do that) and hits the hard disk platters with a cordless drill.

So, I have a couple questions:

1. Will microwaving memory or solid state storage actually render ALL data entirely irretrievable?
2. Same question for the spinny drives - will passing a drill bit through a hard drive actually render ALL data entirely irretrievable?
3. What is the non-Hollywood way to do this (render ALL data an physical media irretrievable)?
4. Once this is done, how do people recycle old electronics in the philly region?

Happy Sunday (doing some fall cleaning :)

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