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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:52 BST (UK) »
Turn it into a small fish tank  ;D

Which sort of "small fish" would you recommend?


Goldfish are pretty small   ;D
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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #11 on: Saturday 20 June 20 12:55 BST (UK) »
As in Phish?  ;D

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #12 on: Saturday 20 June 20 13:10 BST (UK) »
My son told me to take the hard drive out and smash it up with a hammer though.

We have just taken a previous one to the tip also,again after smashing up the hard drive.

Smashing hard drives with a hammer is dangerous and should never be recommended.

Using the right software to wipe the disk should be sufficient (as Guy says, formatting alone doesn't work).

Removing the PCB by undoing the screws (not smashing it) and disposing of it separately makes it far more challenging to recover any data.

Opening the drive (by undoing the screws) will lead to contamination of the disk(s) sufficient to make it an expensive task (uneconomic) to recover any data.

Or leave the drive in the back of a cupboard or a drawer until it is so old the data has no value.

The hammer technique might sound like fun, but the other methods don't risk the loss of sight in someone's eye, broken bones, or the release of potentially damaging chemicals into the environment.  :o

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 20 June 20 13:16 BST (UK) »
MM - what did you do with your last one?

I have treated all my previous ones in the same way - remove the hard drive and either taken them to a recycling centre or donated them to a good cause.

I am making a sculpture out of the hard drives and including some old ram strips as well  ;D

PS - glad to see you back  :)

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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #14 on: Saturday 20 June 20 13:16 BST (UK) »
Sorry but all formatting the drive does is remove the "index" to the data most if not all the data can be recovered.
To remove the data it has to be overwritten and reformatting does not do that.
Totally agree, Guy, I used the wrong word; I meant wipe it; Mr Josey used a proprietary software. 
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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 20 June 20 13:28 BST (UK) »
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Re: Disposing of old PC
« Reply #17 on: Saturday 20 June 20 13:41 BST (UK) »
https://www.wikihow.com/Destroy-a-Hard-Drive

I quite like this comment BTL:

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blow torch, hammer and a couple of bullet holes. Even after that I'd bury it.
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