Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Destroy your Computer Information - Part 7 of 7 - Etching and Drilling

By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Bench or Flat Surface 
Clamp 4-foot  
Chisels 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 inch
Douglas Fir 2x4x4 (8)
Drill Bits (Large Metal Black oxide and Titanium Bits)
Metal drill bit Set: Metal and Titanium
Ryobi Cordless Drill Accessories: #1 Phillip Tip, Star Bit 
Ryobi Cordless Drill 18-Volt (or electric)
Saw Horses (2) 
Spring Clamps Large (2)
Sledge Heavy

This is the last post of the hard drive series. This post shows etching with the cordless drill and drilling through the hard drive case to get the job done. Its not easy work but it is necessary, if you do not want your privacy threaten by hackers or anyone else.

This post shows the fifteen steps of etching and drilling hard drives so they can never be read again. 


Top arrow shows the hard drive that later will be drilled with these two drills. The gold drill is a Ryobi Titanium Drill Bit, the black is an Ryobi 1/2 inch Oxide Drill Bit. 

Left arrow shows Ryobi Cordless 18-volt drill with a Ryobi Black oxide 1/2 inch Drill Bit. Bottom middle shows the Spring Clamp holding the disk for drilling. Next, to the Spring Clamp is the Erwin 4-foot Table Clamp and middle right shows a nice clean readable disk.

This picture shows that 2-holes were drilled and a nice drill etch was placed on this side of the disk.

This is the Chicken Pox appearance, but not contagious. Some holes go through the disk and some are all over the area of the disk. This dist as that artistic look to it. 

Same appearance but the disk was also smashed with a metal sledge. The Orange tip Spring Clamp is holding the disk in place.

Here the arrows are showing the disk is penetrated through the metal  data disk and also has decorative etching on the disk.

This picture shows another hole is placed into the middle section of the data disk using a Ryobi black oxide drill bit.

This hole was captured by my camera and the etching makes it unreadable.

This is the double disk placed into a metal sleeve. Using the Ryobi Cordless Drill with a Ryobi Titanium drill bit, this took over 10-minutes but several holes were drilled and both drives are not readable and now safe.  

Here one disk has a hole on the top and the second disk has not been touched by the drill. Its important to drill through all the disk from the hard drive. 

This picture shows the drill bit came through the entire hard drive.

Here the sides of the disk are scratched and are being pried closed and hammered using a metal sledge for a decorative effect. 

This  picture shows one metal disk being pried down

This shows all the holes and the destruction of this disk.

This is a summary of all the data disks that were pried, drilled, etched, and hammered with a metal sledge and now have been placed into the trash.
Note: Remember do not recycle these damaged disks.

How To Destroy your Computer Information:

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