So my computer has died. I mean totally died -- kaput! If I power it up it cannot even open windows and I can't reload any disks because the disk drives don't work. (We have ordered a new computer -- after 8 years I guess we're due.) Normally when we get rid of a computer I try to clean up the hard drive. I can't get to the hard drive on this one. If we open up the tower can we destroy the hard drive -- like with a hammer? Serious question -- me, hard drive, hammer -- any dangers with that route? (I'm competent with a hammer.)
I can probably get to a computer tomorrow to see if anyone has any suggestions so, sorry, if I don't respond right away.
Hi Tai! Whether your computer's hard drive is total kaputt or still somehow fixable, you'll find useful links on this thread started by Foxfyre - and btw, the NSA won't stop at hammer-the-disk-to-tiny-chips extinction, they actually send the tiny chips to a metal smelter, and watch until it's bubbling away http://able2know.org/topic/132735-4
tsar my microwave is 22 years old; I'm not sure it's up to the challenge. (Confession time -- the computer I'm using has no sound. I have no idea what the instructions were.) cyclo's right though -- the mirrors are kind of cool.
Sun 21 Mar, 2010 11:19 am
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, High Seas. I'll check out the thread now.
Just read the link, High Seas. Lots of useful information. I'm not a spy so I guess I don't have to take anything to extremes. I'm thinking a hammer (or bonfire) will be sufficient.
Sun 21 Mar, 2010 02:41 pm
I'd like to suggest another route. If you can get the hard drive out, put it into an external USB enclosure ($15-$25 from newegg.com) and use it as a back up drive. You can copy all your old documents off of it, reformat it and use it to store pictures or backup your documents.