you are getting rid of an old computer, the act of destroying hard drives is
essential before just throwing it away. There is a lot of personal information
to be accessed from your hard drive. Even if everything on it has been deleted
and discarded, or the drive has been damaged.
the computer is accessed without total hard drive destruction, your information
is vulnerable. Items that fall into the wrong hands such as your tax returns,
your banking information, and your social security number, can cause serious
damage, resulting in major financial problems.
Data Back-Up Before Destroying Hard Drives
possible, all of the data stored on the hard drive of your old computer should
be backed up before figuring out how to destroy a hard drive. There are now
ways of retrieving old files from dead or malfunctioning hard drives. Once all
the information on the computer is backed up and available to access, you are
free to do whatever needs to be done to make sure no one can get to it from the
Three Levels of Hard Drive Destruction
National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) has created a guideline for
hard drive destruction using three levels of data destruction, or
"sanitization." This method makes it increasingly difficult for
anyone to get the information that is or once was on the hard drive.
1. Clear Data
first level of hard drive destruction is to make the information on the
computer more difficult to recover using a program to erase all the data on the
drive. The clear procedure should “consist of at least one pass of writes with
a fixed data value, such as all zeros,” the NIST guidelines state. Multiple
passes using more complex values can also be used to erase the data.
2. Purging the Files
consists of performing a cryptographic erase, overwriting with all zeros, or a
pseudorandom pattern. Then, using a degausser, hit the drive with a strong
3. Hard Drive Destruction
NIST guideline on destroying hard drives suggests you to "shred,
disintegrate, pulverize, or incinerate by burning the device in a licensed
incinerator." The goal is to completely obliterate the data and make the
hard drive utterly useless.
Should You Destroy Your Hard Drive by Yourself?
you should no attempt the process of hard drive destruction on your own. It is
far too dangerous without proper equipment, training, and experience.
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