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3 ways to destroy an old hard drive

3 ways to destroy an old hard drive
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You’ve just upgraded your computer and it’s time to say goodbye to your old system. You’re ready to recycle the machine, but you don’t want to let the hard drive and its backlog of private files and data out of your sight. There are some software solutions that will erase the drive, but there’s a certain satisfaction to be found in physically destroying it in addition to wiping the data.

Your first step (after backing up or saving any data) is to remove the hard drive from the computer. This usually requires a small screwdriver and opening up the case. Many desktops open from the back, while most laptops open from the bottom.

The hard drive is a rectangular piece of hardware. It should have a sticker full of information about the drive, including the capacity (like 750GB). Disconnect any cables and get ready to wreak destruction on your no-longer-wanted hard drive.

Note: Before you destroy your hard drive, make sure you back it up. We recommend using our sponsor IDrive, which I'll tell you more about later.

Now, we're going to tell you three ways to destroy your old hard drive.

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