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How to Destroy an old Hard Drive

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Sparklefizz Mon 06-Dec-21 13:56:23

I was clearing out my desk and came across 3 old computer hard drives which I need to dispose of.

A friend suggested bashing them with a hammer but that did absolutely nothing. I'm probably a weakling sad

How can I make them safe to dispose of? Help!

Sparklefizz Wed 08-Dec-21 16:02:07

A friend's husband is coming round with a sledge hammer on Friday!!

Chestnut Wed 08-Dec-21 16:07:18

Will an old lady with a hammer do? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

railman Wed 08-Dec-21 16:16:56


I was going to suggest leaving it in water for a day or two. Would that do the trick 'railman or would it spring back to life when it dried off?

I have a hard drive and some memory sticks I need to smash. I keep trying to muster the courage to go outside with a hammer, but if water will do it that would be much easier.

I've also considered buying a fire pit and burning them. Might also be useful for old diaries and letters, of which I have a lot.

Chestnut Just to be sure - if you have a garden waste burner, or 'fire pit' that would also do the job well.

Some data can be recovered from dried out drives, so 'drowning' them will work to a degree, but ....

railman Wed 08-Dec-21 16:18:45

Chestnut - your second photo below looks way more capable of getting the job done than the first pic grin

OnwardandUpward Wed 08-Dec-21 17:11:04

Love the old lady with a hammer! grin

Sparklefizz Sat 11-Dec-21 18:40:17

My 3 old hard drives are no more!!! Friend's husband had to work hard with his sledge hammer as he said they were a ** to smash up, but they're done now.