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How to get rid of old lap tops
Posted: Posted August 8th, 2017
Edited August 8th, 2017 by S.o.h.

So my laptop pooped out today. Which was expected after 3 years this little work horse just could not go on. (It works fine except there are Sparks coming from the bottom of the panel and there is a lingering burning smell) I will be restoring it to factory settings three times but I want to make sure no one could access the info. Would dumping it in water work?

Or drilling/ shooting a few holes in it.

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I burned mine.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by Vandy

Pull the hard drive and either drill holes in it or beat it with a hammer.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by Count Dooku

Gonna pull the hard drives out. ( I have 2 other dead devices as well) and hammer them out as I don't think I have a drill.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by S.o.h.

Water will not work if someone cares enough. Drilling or hammering is the best bet if you only have simple tools. An angle grinder is better. Acid or enough heat to melt it down is the most effective, but very inefficient.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by nullfather

I took out one HDD hard drive one more to go. The only thing is my laptop is an SSD do I imagine it would look different than the HDD?

Posted August 8th, 2017 by S.o.h.

It will look different but the theory is the same. It'll just have chips like this instead of a disc:

Posted August 8th, 2017 by nullfather

Unless you're a terrorist or have downloaded kiddie porn, just using a drive wiping utility with a single pass is fine. Anything else is overkill.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by Jo Nathan

SOH asked how to dispose of them so that NO-ONE could access the information. We are answering that question.

If he asked "how much do I have to worry about people snooping my old laptop drives", I would have just said "not much" and just to use DBAN or even just a cmd format.

Edited August 8th, 2017 by nullfather

Seems like we're splitting hairs but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Posted August 8th, 2017 by Jo Nathan

Probably just bash it with something

Edited August 16th, 2017 by KnokkelMillennium

A decent article on disk wiping just in case someone's nerdy enough to give a fuck:
But yea, now that I think about it, if the drive is already removed then it's probably less hassle to just physically destroy it anyhow.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by Jo Nathan

I have to hide all my old supernatural fan fiction Jo.

Posted August 8th, 2017 by S.o.h.

Dude, that's such a waste of money.

Format the drive and sell it. You can probably sell your screen/etc too. Motherboard is probably what's fucked up -- if you want you could just replace it instead of buying a new laptop.

Posted August 9th, 2017 by Xhin
The planets are aligned

I'm good. I have money to spend and I rather not sell personally property that may or may not contain my information.

Edited August 9th, 2017 by S.o.h.

You can always keep the hard drives and get some external enclosures to use then as external storage. You can also sell the laptop itself for some cheap price on Facebook so you get something out of it. I'm sure someone will buy it.

Posted August 9th, 2017 by Q
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