Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12 Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3858 times:
While out of town, wifey bought a new pc and I thought using the old hard drive tower for shotgun practice would be appropriate (I understand that it's virtually impossible to totally erase the contents completely).
Me being practically computer illiterate makes me want to ask if there are any really hazardous materials within that I should worry about. Regards...Jack
Adam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3841 times:
Well, I really wouldnt suggest doing anything to it unless you really don't want it. You can call your manufacturer and have them send you a system disk. Theres a manuf. # on the back of the PC, give it to them, and they'll send you the cd's to totally wipe out and restore you PC. I have an HP and I was careless with it, and my harddrive, I THOUGHT was thru...I felt the same way but I called HP, sent them $14.00 and they sent me the 6 Microsoft Disks specifically for your model PC. You'll get basically a brand new computer.
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Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3790 times:
This thing is 10+ years old and earlier attempts "upgrade" have been a waste of time. It's not really an acceptable donation to a charity. I wonder, though, about serious contaminants should I destroy it before shoveling the pieces in the trash (which goes to a local landfill). Regards...Jack
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3732 times:
I formed an organization a while back
Shooting holes in technology
I found that a Zenith 286 can stop .45ACP rounds pretty reliably.
Old harddrives are cool to shoot, use buckshot though.. 00 or 000 old drives will often times stop .45 auto as well.. most rifle stuff will sail right through.. just whatever you do don't shoot monitors, they are a bitch to clean up.
Nwajetset From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 139 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3673 times:
It is possible to completely erase the hard drive completely. I have done it myself twice on two different computers. There is CD-ROM software called wipe-drive. It costs about $50.00 at any office or computer store.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3666 times:
A better suggestion it to remove the hard drive, get your old drill, attach a 1/4 inch drill bit and drill away. This will make it useless, and is sometimes suggested to those whom want to dispose of their old computers without letting out critical or embarassing info for very low cost. Beside, explosives may be illegal and dangerous and you don't want your neighbors turning you into the police as a possible terrorist
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3666 times:
I've often had visions of picking up the tower from mine and carrying it outside over my head, then tossing it in the street and watch it slide down the hill...or..drop it from a second floor window. Grabbing the monitor by the power cord and swinging it over my head and letting it fly..
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3626 times:
Baikal 20 ga. double barrel over-and-under. Alternated between 6 and 7.5 all purpose field loads at about 5 yards from the hip. Kinda fun. Glad there's enough of the thing left for a little more practice.
To clarify, I was wondering about possible hazardous shit while using it as target practice...no interest in spending $ on "wiping" it, and we're on 30+ acres in the country so I have no worry about noise and legalities. Anyhoo, thanks. Regards...Jack
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3587 times:
Many years ago, waiting for a flying job I did some temp-labor work. We were salvaging and scrapping large copiers. After removing the reusable components like cooling fans etc. and removing the sheet metal for scrap, we sawed the frames apart in key places and then my job - I got to attack the circuit boards with a chisel and baby sledge hammer.
Damn that was fun. Transistors and diodes flying in all direction. Take that, technology! Die, silicon demons!
Question: How about powerful degaussers, or bulk video erasers? Will those wipe hard disks to the point of making them unrecoverable?
Just remembered - my first revenge on technology. When I was in high school I had an alarm clock that ticked so loudly it kept me from sleeping sometimes. One day I came home from school after nodding off in class all day because of it. I took the alarm clock out back and blew its little brass guts out with my .303 British. Felt good!
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3082 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
Quoting Nwajetset (reply 9): It is possible to completely erase the hard drive completely. I have done it myself twice on two different computers. There is CD-ROM software called wipe-drive. It costs about $50.00 at any office or computer store.
I've heard about this, but I was concerned that it would make certain parts of the computer not work with one another anymore. Is this true? What do you have to do after it is erased completely?
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3451 times:
Degaussing coils don´t nearly have enough power to wipe a harddisk. You´d need a massive magnetic field to do that. The R/W heads have no trouble changing the magnetization due to the microscopic distance from the platter. You may damage the recorded data, but a proper cleaning software would do a much better job than that.
After writing any data over any previous files it already takes very specialized tools (including partial disassembly of the disk and connection to custom-made drive controllers) to recover some of the previous recording; After multiple overwriting passes it gets increasingly difficult even with such special equipment.
And yes, computers contain plenty of hazardous materials! It´s a zoo of more or less hazardous plastics, fire retardants, paints, dyes, plastic softeners, toxic components carried by the chips themselves, copper, mercury, quite a bit of lead (in every soldering point) and other heavy metals.
So please do not just dump computer hardware in the trash! In many countries you´d be fined for that - and with good reason. Most western countries (and several computer manufacturers) offer some recycling infrastructure for electronics by now.
Dan2002 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 2055 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3445 times:
Ah, I remember taking my old AMD K6 tower and throwing it off my roof 2 years ago. Im still finding pieces of plastic and PCB in my lawn when I mow it. And if you want to destroy the hard drive's data, take the front cover off the hard-disk and take a key to each of the platters, or just rip off the read/write arm.
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