How to destroy some electronics with absolutely no chance of data retrieval?


dRebelXT

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Let's say old laptops.. mem cards.. CDs.. cameras.. I understand no matter how well u vandalise it in this urban setting, in which u r not able to burn it in furnace or hammer ir into powder etc.. because u simply dont have the space to deal with it.. so there is always a possibility of people who manage to take away the wreck.. harvest the flash memory silicons and retrieve some data out of it.

How does one do it?
 

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Let's say old laptops.. mem cards.. CDs.. cameras.. I understand no matter how well u vandalise it in this urban setting, in which u r not able to burn it in furnace or hammer ir into powder etc.. because u simply dont have the space to deal with it.. so there is always a possibility of people who manage to take away the wreck.. harvest the flash memory silicons and retrieve some data out of it.

How does one do it?
You can deal with it very nicely by getting a good eraser program which would ensure that reconstruction of your data is impossible (or at least inifinitely harder). This is achieved by overwriting existing data fragments (when you delete files, it doesn't exactly get deleted).
 

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Let's say old laptops.. mem cards.. CDs.. cameras.. I understand no matter how well u vandalise it in this urban setting, in which u r not able to burn it in furnace or hammer ir into powder etc.. because u simply dont have the space to deal with it.. so there is always a possibility of people who manage to take away the wreck.. harvest the flash memory silicons and retrieve some data out of it.

How does one do it?
A sledge hammer?
 

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Dip it in corrosive acid, then send back to manufacturer & say your stuffs dun work at all & ask for a refund..................................:bsmilie: :bsmilie:
 

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You can deal with it very nicely by getting a good eraser program which would ensure that reconstruction of your data is impossible (or at least inifinitely harder). This is achieved by overwriting existing data fragments (when you delete files, it doesn't exactly get deleted).
oh really..
:devil:
 

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Remember to run a powerful magnet over them first, then cut to pieces..... Darn... I think I should stop watching CSI.
 

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Frankly the retrieval of data is rather time consuming...and unless scavengers know that there is some valuable data to be retrieved, otherwise I think it is not worth the trouble...prob makes more sense to just turn it into scrap metal and sell it off.
 

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Frankly the retrieval of data is rather time consuming...and unless scavengers know that there is some valuable data to be retrieved, otherwise I think it is not worth the trouble...prob makes more sense to just turn it into scrap metal and sell it off.
SUPER DUPER ELECTROMAGNET!

give it a 5-10 tesla worth of magnetic field. oscillate the field a bit also good.
 

ortega

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how about a nice soak in the sea for a few days, then dry on the shore for a few more days.
then electro magnet and sledge hammer and cut into little bits and finally throw into different locations.

easier to just remove the HDD first
 

Tyrov

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Open the hard drive and take out the platters. Put in microwave. Makes nice fireworks.

What kind of data do you have that is so important? No one cares about your old pics and downloads.
But easiest way is make sure no one finds the hard drive in the first place.
 

MatCh

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use a blender?
there's some sicko video clips on youtube where it features a guy with his blender and practically tries to mince everything with the blender...
the title is something like "Can it blend?" or something along the line.
Involves items like Ipad/Iphone/Macbook/DSLRS and other expensive gadgets...
 

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I would assume that if the information is so important and you just have to destroy it completely, use a hard disk shredder.