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Cookin a hard drive.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by edslhead, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How long do ya have to cook a hardrive to wipe it? Say at 450 deg. Or does that even work?
     
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  2. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    I think it will be still a little tough cooked at that temp.
     
  3. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's OK, this meals goin in the garbage:D.
     
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  4. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You can get programs that will write and rewrite over and over again to try and mask your original data.

    A sledge hammer or .357 mag is my prefered method.

    I've not heard of useing an oven to heat one. I have seen home made electron magnics used.
     
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I think even after a fire, a good forensics guy can retrieve data from a drive.
    I like to beat them to heck with a sledge hammer. Then recycle the whole mess.
     
  6. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I think a well placed 12 ga shot will finish it nicely.
     
  7. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Oxy acetalene for about 120 seconds
     
  8. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    A night in a wood stove would render it unrecognizable
     
  9. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hmm. 12 gauge... better not. Torch sounds good maybe then the sledge hammer. Its too hot for the woodstove. Maybe I'll try the magnet thing and run it through the rest and call it good.
     
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  10. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    VERY TOXIC, DO NOT PUT IT IN THE OVEN!!! :s0001::s0039: :s0047:
     
  11. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I usually take them apart and pull the platters out of them. I also pull the big giant magnet out of them as well, get them close enough together and you're data is scrambled. Since I am a bit paranoid, I will then cut the platter into piece and dispose of it in a few different weeks worth of garbage.
     
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  12. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    Just disassemble it remove the platters and chuck the rest. Platters make nice small targets.
     
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  13. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Before I get goin, this is the hard drive thingy ?

    IMG_0142_zps3hzq5j7r.jpg
     
  14. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it's hard to make it bad enough you can't get info from it.
    I never give away or throw away my old phones or computers.
    And even scarier copy machines! They have hard drives too!

    Usually a magnet big enough will scramble it.
    We used to take big subwoofers with 8" round 3" thick magnets and do some damage to computers.
     
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  15. Hook686

    Hook686 Northern California Active Member

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    edslhead

    Are there platters in that drive?
     
  16. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Just smash with a sledge hammer. Once the seal breaks on the case that holds the platters your pretty well safe. Even better smash it a few times to make sure the platters are physically damaged or warped. At that point practically nothing could extract the data.
     
  17. 45alive

    45alive South Douglas County- Orygun Well-Known Member

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    The RAM chips are mind boggling ! :confused: :s0021::s0153: :s0076:
     
  18. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Uh, your hard drive is hotter than a woodstove?
     
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  19. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I got it apart and it looks like there's a platter. Its hammer time.
     
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  20. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Drill several holes, place in shallow plastic pan, cover with muriatic acid, wait 'till fizzing stops.

    But, why the question?
    Someone here on Hillary's legal team ?