Erasing hard drives without a computer?
September 22, 2012 7:55 AM Subscribe
How does one erase an internal hard drive when said drive is no longer hooked up to a computer and you don't have access to another computer? Then what's the best way to dispose of the drives?
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The drives are from old Mac towers, PowerPC G4s and G5s and still have sensitive information on them.The computers themselves have been dismantled, so you can't just reboot start up the drives and erase them. There are not other computers, not even PCs to place them in. All the Macs I have access to are laptops. An external hard drive enclosure could be purchased, but it's a lot of drives, between 15-20, so not quite practical, though doable, if there are no other ideas.
1. Is there a quick way to ensure the drives are erased, without having to book them from a computer, like say a powerful magnet?
2. Once the drives are erased, what's the most ecologically sound way to get rid of them?