[kwlug-disc] OT - degauss/wipe a dead hard drive/LTO tapes
ogoertzen at gmail.com
Mon May 3 12:36:49 EDT 2010
Last time I checked the disk was a brick. I can put it in the freezer and
see if I can get it to boot and try to use DBAN on it. I had simply written
it off and was going to destroy it but I came across the sales slip last
and it's under warranty 'til 2011 and I checked it on the Western Digital
I have to send the drive to WD in order for them to send me a new one
free of charge. I figured if perhaps I degaussed it with a strong magnet
that might be enough.. usually I wipe the drives (DoD style) before
them. I will check with them to see their policies are with regard to old
On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM, Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca> wrote:
> On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 10:58, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello Everyone,
> > I have a hard drive that can be sent back to the manufacturer because
> > still
> > under warranty. The drive is no longer boot-able. Will degaussing the
> > drive
> > wipe it sufficiently? Does anyone have access to such a device or a
> > electric magnet? I can't run DBAN or destroy the drive because it needs
> > go back to the manufacturer in good enough condition that they can
> > it failed.
> Is the drive even detected, or is it just a brick? If it at least
> shows up (but is inaccessible) it might be worth a shot at poking the
> secure-erase functionality built-in to most hard drives nowdays.
> Unfortunately I'm not sure how to activate it (smartctl doesn't seem
> to poke that, at least nothing in the manpage indicates so). I encrypt
> my hard drive for just this reason (I sent a failed drive back last
> year without a worry).
> This doesn't help if the drive is really just a big brick. I'd be
> worried about taking any sort of invasive procedures. Will they look
> at the drive and say "It failed 'cause you stuck a big electromagnet
> next to it", even if that was after the fact?
> > And on a side note, we have a number (a lot, actually) of LTO tapes at
> > that should either be destroyed or degaussed. Does anyone know anything
> > about degaussing tapes? Can they be recycled at all?
> Chris Irwin
> <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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