Physically Destroy Old Computers and Devices
This article applies to: Security Essentials for IT Professionals
The objective of physical destruction is to badly warp or distort the platters, rendering the drive or any of its components inoperable. Recommended methods:
- Drilling the drive in several locations perpendicular to the platters and penetrating clear through from top to bottom.
- Hammering or crushing is equally effective but more labor intensive.
Destroying the logic section of the drive without damaging the platters is insufficient and not recommended.