Originally Posted by Sith_Apprentice
Its easy to keep others from getting your information on a HD...
Step 1) delete all unwanted files
Step 2) format hard drive
Step 3) unscrew the hex screws and remove the platters
Step 4) place hard disk platters in microwave
Step 5) set timer for 25 minutes on high
Step 6) run away
One of my customers is a hard drive destruction business (they actually recycle the remainder of the CPU, processors, etc., but their main selling point the destruction of the hard drives. They have a device using hydraulics that puts about 50,000 lbs of thrust through the hard drive, shattering the platters and punching a 3" diameter hole in the disk.
Of course, with the proper tools, even those shattered pieces can be read for whatever data might remain.
But its cool to see those hard drives with holes in them.