[–] Welcome_fags 0 points 83 points (+83|-0) ago 

Question: What should I do with old hard drives? Shred?

wipe them off with a cloth.

[–] SexMachine 0 points 28 points (+28|-0) ago 

He should acid wash them.

[–] Welcome_fags 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 


[–] NonsenseAbounds 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Seriously though, I haven't really seen an effective way, using technology, to really truly make a hard drive 100% unrecoverable.

Write zeroes? It like has fuckin magnetic residue or some shit and using the writing algorithm they can reconstruct the data or something.

To me, the classics never go out of style. Hammer, sandpaper, optional woodchipper, then fire. It's not too hard to get wood to burn blue.

tl;dr If it's a mound of slag I'm 100% certain it can't be recovered.

[–] nadrewod 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Rare-earth-metal magnets also help to truly scramble old electronics, just don't do it near stuff you want to keep.

[–] hardcore_browser 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

We get the maintenance guys to drill through ours, or saw them into pieces and then bathe them in a corrosive bath.

[–] One-Way_Bus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You can degauss a hard drive. I've done it for work before. Just be sure to leave your watch or phone or something else valuable outside.

[–] jackfraser 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

A single pass of zeros is sufficient for just about any hard drive bigger than an early 80s 10mb ST-566 disk. Even at that time, an electron microscope was needed to guess what individual bits used to be prior to wiping, and that has a pretty high error rate.

There's no way anyone's recovering from a full zero wipe; and if you want, you can do a random wipe or a multiple pass wipe with a tool like DBAN, but it's probably unnecessary.

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[–] Fahrvergnaked 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Or a handkerchief with a pizza map on it.

[–] Ina_Pickle 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I jumped on mine until it was in little pieces. Is that secure enough?

[–] DammitMoonMoon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

not for good computer forensics. plenty good enough for regular folks though.

[–] Ywis 0 points 36 points (+36|-0) ago 

Thanks for all the hard work @PuttItOut

[–] MrEvilPirate 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Better bleach bit them @Puttitout

Edit, sorry the correct term is ACID WASH, right?

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

If I can work in some of my jeans while doing the hard drive all the better.

[–] frankenmine 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

If this Voat thing doesn't work out, you always have a back-up plan as a stand-up comedian.

[–] 4thDaGrymReaper 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Wipe it with a cloth or something


[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

What, like with a cloth?

[–] Rainy-Day-Dream 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

no the use of a corrosive element was fact checked as wrong

[–] TAThatBoomerang 0 points 26 points (+26|-0) ago 

Whenever I see a "Voat is under heavy load or we're fixing something" I always react positively, because it's a very obvious signal that something's happening and you're working on improving the platform.

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 42 points (+42|-0) ago 

I wish I felt that way. I usually have a recoverable stroke.

[–] Skyrock 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Put some nasty malware on the old hard drives, label them with "Proof of Russian election manipulation" and then send them anonymously to CNN.

[–] PeaceSeeker 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Oh yes.

[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

You're using the wrong alt Puttsy, kek ;)

[–] guinness2 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Perhaps we should just post bricks to CNN too... just for grins!

Anonymous, nameless, faceless, (fictional) experts in how CNN management think, told me that they love bricks. The evidence is pretty conclusive!

[–] Wolfspider 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Being a minimalist is the best way to live life! Welcome to the club. A little note on finance would be appreciated, we worry.

[–] Vic_V 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

For every useless object you don't buy, I'm going to buy three and get on hoarders

[–] JoeKerr 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 


[–] RedditisPropaganda25 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Will Voat cost $10K/month still?

[–] Wolfspider 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They are trying to fix that now! I hope for the best, this is my cyber home.

[–] jiggawatt 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago  (edited ago)

A big THANK YOU to the Voat team. Please post a donation link so we can help to sustain this great community.

Donate to Voat

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

We have an issue with processing donations currently. Hopefully soon we will be back up.

[–] jiggawatt 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

crap yea, I just found that out. Post an update here once its worked out!

[–] Tor1 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

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