Originally Posted by CaptainFailcon
heat more precisely >> fire is the most effective way heat destroys the plating on the platters turning them to dust Rendering the drive 100% completely unrecoverable even by advanced lasers
HDD platters are metalic, I'm pretty sure they don't "burn and turn to dust." Last I checked, heated metals melt not burn. Yeah, melting them will do that, but I'm sure a sledge hammer is the cheaper option. a 7-pass or 32-pass zero-out should work just as well too.