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personally I store my sensitive work data on a different drive and keep it.

and i mean keep it because I would get fired if it got out(got like 4 now over the years). I horde all my pc parts really:shadedshu
 

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Best method right here:



No undo button though!
 
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yea i know alot of people who use that method
 
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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
 
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I use hdtune and some others, anything that writes 0's basically works but only full format.
 

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Gutmann's algorithm is the best (as in most destructive to data) way to erase data.

I use DoD 5220.22-M algorithm to erase data. It isn't the best, but most of the data won't be recoverable.

If the drive is not important to me, I usually try to dismantle it (deforming the platters in the process), and putting a magnet directly on the platters.

The absolute best way to destroy data on a hard drive and likely the hard drive too is to use a degausser. They often cost $3000+ though so not very practical for small outfits. If you want the best of the best, find a degausser that has the NSA (National Security Agency) seal of approval. Here's an example of NSA approved device and it runs for over $21,000: http://www.datadev.com/degausser-sdd-master.html
 
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Lol this topic scares me... I don't even wanna know what you need to erase so badly.. XD
 
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Lol this topic scares me... I don't even wanna know what you need to erase so badly.. XD
If you are running a business, you wouldn't want your competition to get hold of your old disk drives.
 

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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.
 
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7 pass is the standard for platter drives. I don't think you can erase a SSD drive, at least completely
I think your right, since the SSD will write to blocks with the least number of writes. However someone who wanted to recover this data would have a hell of a time because SSDs relocate sectors and blocks pretty often to reduce SSD wear on writes to distribute writes out along the entire drive.
 
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1 - Turn on HDD.
2 - Attach rare-earth magnet to either side, top or bottom.
3 - ???
4 - PROFIT!

PROTIP: Slide the magnet around the HDD for maximum performance!
 

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1 - Turn on HDD.
2 - Attach rare-earth magnet to either side, top or bottom.
3 - ???
4 - PROFIT!

PROTIP: Slide the magnet around the HDD for maximum performance!
You will destroy the data but you could damage the drive itself or the read/write head if you use a magnet too strong. Also you might not scramble everything if you use a magnet not strong enough. 7-pass format makes for a good test to make sure the drive is reliable as well.
 
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If the drive is still functional, someone might still try to recover some data off it. I want the data to become non-existent and unobtainable. Even if it means killing the HDD.
 
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use a torch

If the drive is still functional, someone might still try to recover some data off it. I want the data to become non-existent and unobtainable. Even if it means killing the HDD.
The only sure way I know of is to use a torch. A real torch as in acetylene/oxygen. The flame burns at about 6,330 °F (3,500 °C). You wind up with a small puddle of metal.
Take the drive cover off and melt the platters, takes all of 5 seconds, gone forever.
 
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Anyone can break a drive. The trick is to looses the data and same the drive
 
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I simply hit the delete button and the data is gone... :wtf:
 

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I simply hit the delete button and the data is gone... :wtf:
Not true. Only the record on the file system is deleted. The data is still there until something else writes over it, unless you're using an SSD with TRIM and/or garbage collection.
 

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Not true. Only the record on the file system is deleted. The data is still there until something else writes over it, unless you're using an SSD with TRIM and/or garbage collection.
Gotcha! :D I was talking tongue in cheek. Look at my post again... ;)
 

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Gotcha! :D I was talking tongue in cheek. Look at my post again... ;)
I'm not catching it, but I will take your word for it. :laugh:
 
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I take the platters out and use them as Frisbees in areas with lots of concrete.

One of the funner ways to make sure your data is safe!
 

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Id do it the american way and use one of these babys...



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Magnets do wonders do HDDs