Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

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weepingwillow
Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

Does anybody know how to fry a harddrive so that even the best of the geeks can't get anything off of it?? The computer in question isn't even starting up because of a corrupt file issue and the *experts* tried to fix it and now it won't start...but can they still look deep into the guts and find old emails/chats/etc?? Can I open up the case and do any extra damage so that information can't be retrieved??

   

   

trev
Re: how to fry a hard drive

how much kiddy pr0n was on it?!

you could bust it open with a hammer and bang up the platters that will keep your dirty secrets secret ...

 

unplopular
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

Get a large pot-- I recommend one that is at least 6 quarts in capacity. Add about one quart of canola oil (you could use plain vegetable oil here since taste is not a major issue and vegetable oil is cheaper). Heat the oil until it is about 375 degrees (this is a good temperature for chicken wings). Add one hard drive s-l-o-w-l-y, being careful not to splash the hot oil. Fry for 20 minutes or until done. Remove from the oil, place on a cooling rack and/or cover with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Enjoy! ;-)

jaded
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

Plug it into a high voltage charger/adaptor. I know from doing this on accident.....Frown

weepingwillow
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

No, its nothing like Porn that I'm worried about. Actually its just personal emails via hotmail and msn chat. My boss was on my computer on my day off and now there are phone calls to her with the office door closed, lost of calls from our tech support company, etc. I just think she is going to fire me for it. Since EVERYBODY in the office does online stuff for personal use, I'm thinking of sueing them if they fire me, but I don't know if they will *bring up* my personal emails during the process. I was told that msn chat and hotmail is not saved on the hard drive. Is this true?

Stevie
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

Green has a good idea with replacing the drive.  You'll need tools (usually a #2 Phillips), knowledge, and time.  If you get caught doing this, you could be charged with destruction or stealing.

Reformat/reinstall is a good option, too.

To answer your questions about Hotmail and MSN - Hotmail emails are not saved on the hard drive.  If you had your browser set to automatically complete your forms and passwords, then someone could access your online Hotmail account.

MSN Messenger is another matter.  If you had to ask, then you probably don't know whether the option to save conversations was on or not.  If it was, each MSN contact in your list would have its own file in your 'My Documents and Settings' folder.  These files are updated with each conversation.  Each new conversation is added to its respective file and when this file is opened by the IM client, the conversations are printed chronologically - old at the top, new at the bottom along with the date and time the conversation took place.

If you had your IM program set to open without you having to manually key in your password, it would open for anyone and any conversations you had (if the saving option was on) could be read.

Sticky situation.

Cobra II
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

Just take a blow torch to it. Iv'e had to do that for someone years ago. The metal disks burn as hot as magnesium.

 

 

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weepingwillow
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

The problem is...the computer is in our office..waiting to be picked up by the tech. I would have to beable to do it when she is at lunch and not be deteched. I think its a worthless cause :-(

iamthedevil
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

If you get caught deliberately trying to damage company property, you won't have to worry for long whether or not they will fire you for what's on the hard drive...

Green
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

You really make me wonder why?? and No I am not asking... The quickest way would probably be to reaplace it. Buy a new one and replace it with the old. It takes about 5 minutes. If not that then a high powered magnet might do the trick..... But, that's what the devil on my shoulder says to do... The angel on the other one says that I should probably stay out of this thread. 

Leave them wondering~

Cobra II
Re: Does anybody know how to fry a hard drive???

If you have a windows disk, you could try to reinstall the whole program. This will "visually" remove any files from the directory. I'm sure "regular techs" arn't going to try to find anything that was previously on the HD. Now, if somthing very illegal was done on the computer, then investigators can scan the HD for previous, or partially overwritten files that can be used for a police investigation.

 

 

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