So you really want to destroy the data on your hard drive?

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Joined: Sep 7 2000

I just saw this interesting clip on the BBC Website: Can a hard drive be totally destroyed?

Chirpy's Big Breakfast can be heard on Radio England International. These are repeat shows (he's retired now) played Monday to Friday 8am-12 noon and repeated in the evening from 8pm-midnight. Also, Sunday 8am-12 noon. (Click link to listen)

Joined: Oct 1 2005

Yes, interesting, although it was only when the reporter started to attack it with a hammer that any real damage was done, what wasn't commented on though was that it is this level of destruction that is needed to prevent data being recovered from redundant drives (such as replaced computers).

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Joined: Apr 27 2001

It would have been more interesting had they attempted recovery at each stage of a series of increasingly violent attacks: after the window drop, after the pond immersion, after the car run-over, etc...

I think the club hammer was, as expected, the final straw, but the drive was undoubtedly still recoverable at some point before that.

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Joined: May 10 2005

And to think when you want somthing to work they used to say "Hit it with a hammer" Doesn't make sense now does it????