Having decided out desktop is no longer needed and it wasn't worth passing
on, I decided that the case would take up less room in the bin if I
stripped the innards out and flattened it..........
I was impressed by the standardisation that must have been agreed so that
components could easily be fitted and added with just a few screws.
The motherboard (ASUS) - well, I can't bring myself to throw this away. The
tiny tracks on the circuit board - the standardised sockets - the lever
operated socket for the processor. All amazing works of mass production.
The Hard Disk drive. I don't think I have ever seen such a wonderful peice
of precision engineering - all for a very low cost.
Next to appreciate on its way to the bin will be the CD drive.
The power supply has gone on e-bay as it was fairly new.Again - impressive
in the way that so many standard voltages and plugs are agreed upon.
Should I seek help?
The real cost in doing that is the time to wipe the hard disk to a
really good standard. It's far easier just to hit it hard with a big hammer.
Even an old PC may be able to run a lightweight OS. RemixOS is a version
of Android that may be interesting.
Very new, so I guess the alpha means you would be testing it.
Takes too long. A linux boot CD and
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=4M
is how I do it.
Or when I was on La Palma, playing 'toss the rock' with it. Outside.
It was strangely satisfying smashing up a drive that had actually dared
to fail on me.
(='.'=) Bunny says: Windows 10? Nein danke!
A load of bollocks. There are plenty of programs that can be used to
wipe a hard drive, for free - Crap Cleaner for instance. And exactly
how many people get a hard drive in the hope of obtaining the secrets of
some unknown previous user. It's yet another myth probably coming from
Seagate, who's drives were known to spontaneously fuckup if there was a
D in the day.
If you're a terrorist, a single pass LLF is a much better bet than
smashing it with a hammer. If you prefer to "get physical" with the
destruction of a drive's data, then use either an oxyacetylene torch or a
very hot furnace. At least that way, you won't have to google a decade
old drive model to confirm whether or not PMRL was used before relying on
a LLF to erase the data.
Ah! A man after my own heart (re the Seagate putdown). :-)
A LLF (just overwriting every sector with zeros using the manufacturer's
disk drive diagnostic or the dd command to do exactly the same thing -
the LLF isn't a true low level format) will more than suffice since the
drive makers started using PRML read techniques to permit elimination of
any redundancy in the written to track data patterns which the forensic
data recovery techniques used to be able to rely upon with the older
drive designs to collect enough incriminating snippets of data by which
to bring a successful prosecution in a serious crime case.
If your only concern is to protect against the casual hacker, a LLF,
even with pre-PRML drive models will more than suffice.
Unless the drive is so old that it predates the PMRL data reading
technique that's been in common use for some 15 years or thereabouts, a
single pass "Low Level Format" (LLF) using the disk maker's diagnostic
programme will more than suffice even against the best attempts of
government sponsored attempts at forensic discovery of scraps of
Smashing a modern disk with a hammer whilst effective against the casual
data miner is actually less effective against detailed forensic
techniques to recover sufficient snippets of incriminating data. You'd do
much better with just a single pass LLF. For anyone with something they
really want to hide, then an oxyacetylene torch or a really hot furnace
will provide the unquestionable destruction they so crave of their data.
It seems a shame to destroy even a drive as small as 1% of the current
top capacity drives available today (6TB - forget the 8TB Archival shit
from Seagate). A 60 GB drive can still offer enough storage to experiment
with even recent versions of windows or *nix based distros.
That's fine if you fancy dabbling in older computer OSen but beside the
point if one is merely freeing up storage space by eliminating unused /
out of date / outlived its usefulness kit.
TBH, it sounds as though Derbyborn has already taken the drive apart
making it beyond redemption as a functioning device (all that "wonderful
peice (sic) of precision engineering" is contained within the confines of
a far from transparent metal housing).
However, I do understand his feelings with regard to the junking of,
often still functioning gadgets, merely because a more powerful and even
cheaper collection of such clever gadgetry has rendered it completely
obsolete in all but a few usage cases where its primary function remains
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