Ridding House of Crap, Part XXIV

I’ve had some computers and associated peripherals lying around for a long time. One of these computers has moved from NY to TX to TX to GA to GA and will never again be moved unless that move is to an electronics disposal center or a person who wants spare parts.

During this time, as computers have come and gone, I pull their hard drives in order to assure I keep control of the data.

9 year of hard drives: '92 - '01
click through for some notes and labels

Sunday night I disemboweled the three computers that have been living in boxes down in the basement for way too long. Those drives are the second and third from left, plus the rightmost one. The other two drives have been sitting on a shelf in my office for years. Sometime this week they all have a date with tools that will free them of their magnets and then destroy their platters. Nobody is getting my data, dammit.

This is all part of my plan to have less crap when we move out of this house, eventually. Not necessarily less stuff, but I insist on less crap.

So far so good.

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2 Responses to Ridding House of Crap, Part XXIV

  1. Chris says:

    I recommend using a tool like FileShredder to wipe the disks multiple times prior to taking them apart. Most manufacturers also offer a disk utility which can be used to do a low level 0/1 write.

    Most security references agree that even a single overwrite is not recoverable by conventional means, but 3-5 is fast and easy insurance.

    Then feel free to mash the platters, but it’s probably overkill.

  2. Bill Ruhsam says:

    Chris: I’m not that worried about having someone swipe my data. If someone has nefarious purposes in mind, there are easier ways to get info on me than trying to reassemble 10 year old hard drives.

    Besides, it’s the magnets I really want. Destroying the platters will just be *fun*

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