What's the safest way of throwing an old hard drive away?
April 25, 2010 4:49 PM Subscribe
I have a bunch of old hard drives with personal data in them that I want to dispose of. What's the safest way of doing it?
posted by falameufilho to computers & internet (28 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
So, I have like five old hard drives that I want to dispose of. Problem is they have a bunch of personal data stored in them, and I forgot to properly wipe them before they were decommissioned. If I owned a gun, I'd use them for target practice, since I don't, I caught myself seriously considering dumping them on the East River (which I won't).
I don't want to plug them back in and wipe them - it's going to take a long time and I don't even think they will all work (just the fact that some of them don't work mechanically doesn't mean the data isn't still intact in the drive).
What is the safest way to make the data that is in them unusable before disposal?