Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums
Apparently the only way to truly render them unreadable/unrecoverable is to physically smash them to pieces with a sledge hammer. Sounds quite good fun
All it really takes is a Torx 6 or 8 driver
to open the drive outside a clean room and you could consider it smashed.
one of my first ones (a 10 MB
IBM which weight about 5 lbs sit's on my desk at work taken apart as a demo object)
Old drives with reasonable amount of space 80 GB+ usually become hand-me-downs for the rest of my family or the 200GB+ ones go into enclosures as external mass storage devices.
It's quite funny to connect one of those just to find your old favorites like Doom 1 and 2 or old Duke Nukem installations as well as some old CD rips.