There is only one way to really, securely erase your old hard drive. A typical home computer hard drive can contain your credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and website logins and passwords. This information can remain even if "erased" or reformatted.

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My hard drives are now destroyed “enough” and out of the house. If found, no one is going to attempt data retrieval and I was not injured in the process. Here is what I did to destroy my hard drives. For the destruction of the first hard drive, I wanted to see how hard it was to open the case and remove the data platters.

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Don’t stop with just one hole, drill several times through the drive. The last hard drive was a 3.5″ desktop drive. You can drill 2.5″ laptop hard drives the same way. This laptop hard drive has a much larger controller board on the bottom, but is easier to drill through. Multiple drill holes through a 2.5″ laptop hard drive How to Destroy a Hard Drive | What to do With Old Hard Drives As hard drive is a crucial part of your computer which stores sensitive information like your website logins, your credit card numbers, bank account numbers as well as passwords, it is very important to consider hard drive disposal once it is not in use. Destroying the magnetic platter is the best way to destroy a hard drive.