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Message posted by geoffprinter on 02/2/2014 at 3:17pm
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Ive got 2 old laptops I want to throw away. They both have stopped working but I know some clever sod could get them working. If I put them in water for a while would this destroy the hard drive.I just want to get rid of them without taking a sledge hammer to them. Geoff

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Why not just take the hard drives out of them most are easy enough to get at!

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I would want to physically damage the hard drive. I have a large axe that would be swung at it.

After watching "dragons" last Sunday and the lad fixing water damaged iphones I am not convinced water immersion would do it.

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Indeed. To be safe, you need to remove the hard drive and cause it enough damage to ruin the actual discs inside. Heavy impact and fire are both effective.

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Hi, two options here to completely damage the HDD's beyond repair.

1. Salt water
2. Very strong magnet ran over the entire disk

Hope that helps

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i have to make sure all hard drives from work are destroyed once deemed knackered.

6mm drill bit straight through it.

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When I got rid of my old desktops I took all the wires out and chopped up all the circuit boards. The case and some of the board went to the local recycling centre with some other rubbish, then the rest of the boards went in my household bin - lets see anyone try and put that together!

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Remove the hard drive and damage it, then put it in the loft.

Its a pity you can't find somewhere that will take the things without the hard drives who will take them and use them as spares.

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I know this is a serious thread, with some serious and very useful answers that I will bear I mind when the time comes, but for some reason when I saw the title I immediately thought of that daft little book that was popular some years ago, called '101 Uses of a Dead Cat. Perhaps there's a gap in the market for '101 Ways to Kill your Laptop' (with pictures of course...)?

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Quote: Originally posted by smee05 on 02/2/2014
i have to make sure all hard drives from work are destroyed once deemed knackered.

6mm drill bit straight through it.




Sounds good to me.





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I may be wrong but aren't laptop hard drives made from glass?? Better to remove and destroy sensibly

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Quote: Originally posted by Rustybus on 02/2/2014
I may be wrong but aren't laptop hard drives made from glass?? Better to remove and destroy sensibly





Now you see why I asked the question.

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Our last computer 'tower' went on the fire!

Repair THAT if you want.....

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What about using a blowtorch on it?

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Just remove the HDD, crack the case, and then find a simple way to crack the flimsy disk at the heart of it all. A fire is the best way, but TBH the actual disk is a fairly easily damaged unit. The magnet would need to be of a very strong to to do enough damage.

Breaking the laptops into their components can wield some excellent financial results- I broke down an old lappie and sold just the keyboard insert for Ł70- apparently it was a very unique size on that laptop. Who knew?!


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If the laptop will boot up, run the command prompt and then format C:
that will completely wipe your hard disc


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