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Destroying your Harddrive

I'm ditching my old 10gb Hard disk, and want to know if there is any program with which i can make a hard drive totally unusable.
Unusable i mean that its just not possible to use that hard drive again either by formatting or any other way, and impossible to recover any data from it.
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cwkhangCommented:
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burrcmCommented:
For total unusability, you can't beat a sledge hammer, but a program such as BCWipe from www.jetico.com will allow the drive to be re-used without the possibility of data being recovered.

Chris B
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jasonmzsAuthor Commented:
Smash it with a sledge hammer...  ? Maybe the software equal of a sledgehammer. Something that destroys the core of the drive (like those deadly viruses). Would you know of anything like that?
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CallandorCommented:
A low-level format should be secure enough, or you can run KillDisk: http://www.freewarepro.com/info.php?categoryid=81&fileid=156
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WatzmanCommented:

I'd take an electric drill and run a larger size bit (quarter inch or more) through the cover and into or through the platter.  One hole is all you need, the platter would be so out of balance and deformed that it would never spin up again to enable reading of areas of the disk that the drill didn't directly touch.
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r-kCommented:
"i mean that its just not possible to use that hard drive again either by formatting or any other way"

I doubt if this is possible with a program. You could always just drop the drive from a height onto a cement floor or something.
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burrcmCommented:
Dear jasonmzs

Are you asking for a method of eliminating your data, or wrecking your drive? The latter is what your question suggests, the former is what your comment suggests.

Chris B
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Magus_opusCommented:
Very strong Electromagnet THEN the sledge hammer...(because this is one of those once in a lifetimes opportunities where you can wreck the crap out of a piece of hardware....don't miss this chance!)
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jasonmzsAuthor Commented:
Ok look...
I want to keep the hdd physically intact, cause theres will be some (well... maybe little) scarp value for it.
But i dont want anyone who ends up with my drive to be able to reuse it.
Thats what i want to do. And I want to use a software. No drills etc. etc.
BTW i'm using Windows 2000 on a NTFS formatted drive, and i tried kill disk as suggested by Callandor. It dosent seem to work with Windows 2000.
Anymore suggestions welcome.
Jason
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r-kCommented:
What you want is not possible, i.e. keep the drive physically intact, and yet never be able to use it again.
The best you can do is to erase all data from the disk so no one can read it again.
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waffleironheadCommented:
This all sounds very suspicious. and as r-k mentioned it is not possible to do, unless maybe you run a low-level format, repaetedly(many many times) could possibly finnaly cause errors.

  the ability of a program to easily destroy a harddrive would have the potential to destroy our it infrastructure, as hackers would only need to get in the door and run the app to destry many many things...

stop looking, you wont like what you find...

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waffle
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CallandorCommented:
KillDisk runs in DOS, not Windows 2000, so it doesn't care what OS you have - check the documentation here: http://www.killdisk.com/
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jasonmzsAuthor Commented:
Killdisk dosent work on an NTFS formatted drive.
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r-kCommented:
jasonmzs:

Please explain the following:

"But i dont want anyone who ends up with my drive to be able to reuse it."

By this, do you mean that:

(A) No one should be able to recover any information from your disk?

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(B) No one should be able use the drive ever again for storing even new files?
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jasonmzsAuthor Commented:
r-k,
(B) No one should be able use the drive ever again for storing even new files?
jasonzms
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r-kCommented:
"No one should be able use the drive ever again for storing even new files?"

 I don't think that is possible with software, at least not in any predictable way.
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jasonmzsAuthor Commented:
I dont think this is helping at all.
I have a NTFS drive.
I'd appriciate a points refund.
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WatzmanCommented:

Without regard to whether it can or cannot be done, it's a truly bizarre request .... using software only, to destroy a hard drive such that it cannot, ever, be used by anyone at all in the future, for any purpose, period.  The need for data destruction and security is understandable (and that CAN be done, as long as it's not the CIA, FBI or NSA that you are trying to hide data from), but this goes way beyond that.

[Actually, for hard drives that have hard drive password protection, it CAN be done .... just enter a hard drive password composed of random characters (mash down on the keyboard right in the center with your fist) and don't record the password.  The drive is useless and, within extreme limits can never be used again.  However, not all hard drives have the drive password feature.]
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