Hard Drive Destruction

Hammer the hard drive

This is the most direct and fasted way of destroying the equipment. Put it on a surface that can take you beating the hardware part with a hammer and is also easy to clean. Make sure that you are wearing safety gloves and goggles. When hammering this piece of computer hardware be sure that you are the only one in the area as there could be flying bits of metal and glass. Once it is destroyed carefully get rid of the rest. You can take the parts to any place that recycles electronics. Do not put them in the trash to be taken to the landfill

Using hardware tools

One-way you can do hard drive destruction is to rent a sandblaster. Take your hard drive to the driveway or other hard surface and start blasting away the mirror finish. When you do this, you are removing the layer of material that stores the data.

You can also use an angle cutter, which is similar to a saw. Fasten the platter of the hard drive -to an appropriate surface using “C” clamps. Put on your safety goggles and gloves because when you use this hardware tool it makes sparks that fly. You will have to make several cuts in order to do appropriate destruction.

You can also use a drill but you will need a strong drill bit to accomplish this. When using this method you should also wear safety gloves and goggles. Drill several holes in your hard disk platter in several different spots to guarantee that you cannot recover the data.