[kwlug-disc] OT - degauss/wipe a dead hard drive/LTO tapes

Brian Nickle brian at nickle.ca
Mon May 3 12:08:13 EDT 2010

I'm going to take my tinfoil hat off and say why not ask the manufacturer:

1. Find out if they really need the entire drive or just some portion of it
such as the top plate with the serial number. THen you can mangle the drive
however you like.

2. Ask then what their policies are for this.  Do they destroy the drive?
 If they refurbish it do they use a DoD wipe or similar.

3.  If the data really is that sensitive destroy the drive your self and
purchase new.

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