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Old 06-26-2011, 10:50 PM
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Got an old laptop with a screwed up monitor and possibly other problems. I've been holding on to it for 2 years now because I don't know how to safely dispose of it. I had household files, social security numbers, account numbers, etc. on it and I want to make sure that no one can retrieve that information. We're moving in a few weeks, and it seems silly to drag it across the country with me. Any good, cheap ideas?
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Take it to the back woods and use it for target practice until there is nothing left.
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Save the RAM, hard drive, and fans. Those don't weigh too much, I reckon, and they're good to save.

The rest I would just recycle.

Alternatively, you could just give it away on freecycle or craigslist. Or donate it. Either way, you would have to run DBAN on it first.
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Step 1. Remove the hard drive.

Step 2. Using a device like this.

, you can copy all your personal files you wish to keep onto a new computer.

Step 3. Take your hard drive to the range and kill platters.

If you don't want to keep any of those files skip step 2 and go right to step 3.
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I work at a datacenter where we have customers who occasionally request that we "securely" dispose of a hard drive. Know what we use, in this order?

  1. Wipe it with a program called Eraser if you can still log into the laptop, or DBAN if the laptop doesn't boot to windows anymore
  2. After step 1 (or even if you can't run the programs for whatever reason), take the drive out and mash it with a sledgehammer. No, I'm not joking. As soon as those platters in the drive hit open air, they start to oxidize and degrade. Not that it matters, because of step 1.
  3. If someone has borrowed our sledgehammer, we instead take it to our next range outing and fill it with holes
If you want to repurpose the hard drive, instead buy a USB enclosure for it and turn it into a portable USB drive after performing step 1. Search for "USB enclosure" at BestBuy and other sites. Make sure you get the right size and type of USB enclosure that fits your drive. A laptop drive will probably need a 2.5" SATA USB enclosure. Bring the drive with you to Bestbuy if you are unsure.
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Pull the drive out, take large phillips head screwdriver, grab hammer, and drive it into the drive...assuming you don't want the data, or do like another poster suggested and convert it to an external drive.....

Donate the carcass to goodwill..they can part it and/or rebuild it..At least the stores here in Charlotte do...
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Take the harddrive out and keep it.. Then sell it on EBay for parts. Thats what I did. You may only get $20-$30 dollars for it but thats more prep money...right?
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Easy recipe
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Or if you want a non cool way to dispose of it just grind down each platter.

Or drill a hole and pour some concrete into it.
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Paranoid me removes the platters from the drive, then takes them to a belt sander removing all magnetic media from their surface.
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How endeth the saga of the broken laptop, newberrie?
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You dont have to get all techy with removing data. Just take the hard drive and shoot it or smash it into as many bits as possible. Throw some in the recycle bin and the rest in your regular garbage.
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An axe and a dumpster.


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