Are there ways to physically destroy hard drives that can be done in an apartment, ie no loud noises, no fire, no fumes?
I work at a company that destroys hdd's. We have a huge shredder that pretty much does what in your pic. Easiest way is to take apart the hdd and scratch up the disks or take a torch to them.
now I'm hot and bothered thinking of the possibility that maybe one of them might WANT to touch my drive because I came on it
If you are caught on camera doing this you've basically confirmed your guilt. Innocent people don't throw shit in rivers.
And it could still potentially be recovered- I'm sure intelligence services have methods for predicting where things thrown in inland water will end up and searching for them.
But of course this is irrelevant, because there is nothing illegal on your drive and you're just trying to get rid of online banking passwords, right? River is fine then. Just open it and dispose of each platter separately.
but you can always write the data with 0's, all quiet, just takes a bit of time to do, hell you can even use the hdd afterwards if the need arises and still not be afraid of old data being there as you wrote 0's on it
>scrape the magnetic coating from platters
Done. Most likely, just opening it up and sneezing on the platters would be enough to keep any agencies interested in your shit from accessing it, unless you're Bin Laden tier.
easiest way in the world is to just put a eletro-magnet on it
magnets fuck up a HDD and destory data.
then you can just sell it again and it would be blank. no body can recover any data from a magnet wipe.
also you could just open up the hard drive and scrah the platters with keys
no he will be charged with disposing electronics in a way that harm the environment and found out his illegally obtained porn and will the be first case of a guy went to jail for pirating porn, have fun with multiple agencies dick up his ass :^)
Destroy it with Software first, then you can think about hardware. If you've got a blade coffee grinder (burr grinder won't work, plus burr grinders are the good type so don't ruin it) you can put the individual platers broken up into that and then scatter the remaining dust throughout a dumpster or into a river. That is 100% unrecoverable
You don't destroy it anon. You simply wipe it clean and install in a different computer where someone else will use it. Is there a computer at work or school? Maybe a library? There is literally tons of places that no one would suspect, much less even look.
No one will know to check and see if there is a hard drive taped to the back of a ceiling fan blade
How has no one mentioned encryption yet? Encrypt the entire drive - then the only thing you have to destroy is the encryption key.
Take apart disk, but platter in oven, high settings, 5 hours maybe.
Quench them afterwards or let them cool over a big neodymium magnet.
Unless you have national-security level data, it'll be enough.
Also consider dissolving them in acid, which is pretty much irrecoverable.
Don't forget to wipe the cache with random shit.
This is especially true if you've got the big boys after you. The Snowden leaks showed that multiple types of encryption were broken by the NSA. Irreparable physical damage is the best course, put it in a blender until it's dust and then chuck it in a river.
Thermite shape charge wrapped around the drive with an RFID detonator cap.
Once you've made the powder you can mix it into regular dough or that play putty thing whatever its called to make it a shape charge, then just stick a cap or two in the sticky mass and you're set, or just use a bundle of sparklers if you wanna light it manually.
Used to make this shit with my grandpa innawoods when i was a kid, mostly for tank / LAV sabotage melting the barrel shut or #reking the tracks when shit finally goes down, but it should for hard drives too.
Could also probably write an app that uses one of your phone's antennas to blast the frequency the cap's set to if you're caught in the shitter or something when the pigs bust in.
Easy as fuck to make, and its even legal for the time being.
>usable in a apartment
Get a big baked clay pot and burn your shit in it, you'll get allot of smoke/fumes but it won't burn through it, its better then having the pigs frame you for something.
Plus if you're in no hurry just take it innawoods and do it there.
>gone. Like pretty much dust
Nigga it melts, literally melts, construction grade steel, in a matter of seconds.
The fuck you think its gonna do to some aluminum, silicon and whatever the fuck the platter is made of?
unscrew it, then smash the platters, won't be too hard
if the platters are metal instead of glass, then i suppose just bend and scrach the fuck out of them
perhaps also remove the actuator arm magnets (which are typically powerful as shit) and rub them over the platters
just zero it with dd or dban
any modern high capacity (and by high i mean tens of gigabytes+) hdd makes any feasable recovery from a single zero pass impossible
>start a large read or write to get it spinning nice and fast
lel, we're talking about hdd's, not optical drives
hdd's spin at a constant speed regardless of how you're accessing them