How to heat a hard drive

A hard drive is the computer component on which all your personal data is stored. When you are getting rid of a computer, it is advisable to erase the drive to ensure that no one will be able to access your old data. This can be done safely with drive replacement applications, but occasionally a person needs to completely destroy the drive to feel safe. Heat is one way to damage the drive beyond recovery, but it takes very high temperatures. The charcoal bed of a fire should damage the disk sufficiently. Things You’ll Need Tinder
Games Kindling Firewood Torx Screw Flat Screwdriver Driver – Head



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Open Drive
Use the Torx Screwdriver to remove the screws holding the hard drive together. There may be a screw hidden under a tag. This lets the drive manufacturer know if you have opened the drive. Pull the hard drive cover to expose the platters and read/write heads.

Use the flat-head screwdriver to back out the screw on top of the actuator that holds the read/write heads.

Pull the dish assembly out. This is the part that houses all your data. The rest of the scrap is safe for disposal.
Roast your Platters

Bundle your wick into a small bunch. This should consist of dry and fast burning material. Dried grass, leaves, bark or even dryer lint work well.

Create a kindling tent over the bundled wick. Firewood should consist of dry branches and kindling. Stack them against each other using bigger and bigger pieces until you reach the thickness of a pencil. Keep an opening in the tent to allow for airflow. The fire won’t burn if you smother it.

Use bigger fire wood to build a bigger tent on the sticks. These should also be dry enough to grip well and over the thicker or larger wrist.

Use a match to light the wick. He’s going to flare up picking up the sticks. The fire will then continue to burn the larger pieces of wood.

Let’s burn the structure to collapse. When the flames really pick up, you can just start adding more logs to keep the fire going. Continue fueling the fire for a few hours until you have a dark red glowing charcoal base.

Use a stick to press your unit’s crossbars into the charcoal bed. Continue fueling the fire for a few more hours.

Let the fire burn until all logs are completely consumed. Your dishes should be shiny hot. By now the outermost layers will have burnt out and any aluminum may even have melted. The extreme heat should have destroyed any magnetism, making the unit unreadable.

Soak the area in cool water. This will prevent inadvertent flare-ups and cool the unit unevenly, doing even more damage.

Remove what’s left of your platters from the disk and discard them. Anyone would be hard-pressed to retrieve data from them.

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