[TriLUG] HD failure eminent?
brianweaver at nc.rr.com
Tue Dec 21 14:00:00 EST 2004
I just recently destroyed an old drive that didn't work quite right any
longer. I decided to go for something slightly large than a ball-peen
hammer. I upgraded to a sledge hammer. My platters weren't ceramic
though. The housing for the drive got demolished, but the platters
escaped realatively unscathed....... until I pulled out the torch =).
A whole new perspective on "burn-in". Sad thing was that the drive was
an old distro of RedHat that had been my firewall. Doesn't matter how
good the software/OS is if the hardware gives up first.
skippy1 at hickorytech.net [skippy1 at hickorytech.net] wrote on Tue, Dec 21, 2004 at 10:48:07AM -0600:
> > Steve Litt wrote:
> >> Also, the sledge hammer technique is the best one for positively
> >> erasing any data that might be on the HD. When disposing of a HD, I
> >> always hammer it til no part of any platter exceeds one square
> >> centimeter.
> >> SteveT
> > Doesn't that make your neighbors talk?
> > --
> > Dan Monjar
> I never got to see it, but I'm told there was a techTV segment on
> destroying old hard drives before disposal to prevent the data on them
> from being recovered. Appearently they were taking a ball-peen hammer to
> them and ran accross a drive that had ceramic platters instead of metal.
> The guy doing the demonstration didn't realise they were ceramic until
> AFTER the first swing. According to the friend that saw it, he was
> covered in a fine white powder and was wearing a very suprised look.
> skippy at skippylair.net
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