Old Hard Drive Erasing

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have a client that that has sensitive data on their hard drives and wants them totally erased.  We use active eraser software to erase the hard drives that actually work.  we run into hard drives that dont work sometimes and i suggested drilling about six holes in each one and pulling off any circuit boards and pitching them in the trash.  Is this an acceptable way to destroy them or should i do more to them so that data cant be read?  The hard drives are out of pc's and servers and are SCSI IDE and SATA
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    by:☠ MASQ ☠
    I've always found driving a nail through the casing to be secure ;)
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    Sounds fairly safe although it be best to use a drill with impact/hammer action to distort the platters.

    Whether you rip the circuit boards of or not is irrelevantreally  as the sector information is stored on the drive and replacing the board is easy but it may be proof of thoroughness to your client...

    bottom line the more physical damage the better, also have a look at for ideas...

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    I like using a hammer. The round end of a large Ball-Peen works great. With the added benefit of being fun.  : )
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    if you want to use software, Dban is recommended :      
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    Do not put circuit boards in the trash, return them for recycling under the WEEE directive.
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    Thanks for your help on this one.  Just want to make sure i am doing right by the customers.

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