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Destroying Hard Drives With A Hammer

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GREENSBORO, NC -- The hard drive on your computer has every piece of information you DON'T want someone else to get their hands on.

Even pictures or simple web searches left on your hard drive can give a criminal enough information to cause you trouble.

You need to wipe your hard drive clean. How do you do it? A hammer will do the trick! But there's another way. Kent Meeker from TechScout is just as handy with information as he is with a hammer!

The first thing you need to do, is find your hard drive. Most of us don't know what that looks like, so we have pictures to show you. A hard drive from a desktop and a laptop look different. But each has a top cover plate. You'll want to take that off for the safety demolition to begin.

When it comes to the desk top, you'll see a sliver disc plate. That is what is called the "platter". The platter is what stores all your information. Simply take a screw driver and scrap up the platter face. .

The laptop hard drive is different. You'll need to literally smash it with a hammer. Kent says, you can have your computer person wipe the hard drive clean, but as a computer person himself, he says, it's always better to see it done with your own eyes.

Before you wipe your hard drive clean, you'll want to make sure all your information is transferred to your new computer. You can buy a device called a USB Hard Drive Dock for less than $40.

And if you decide you want to make a recycle clock out of your old hard drive, Kent has a picture of what he did!

The 2WTK FREE e-cycling event on Thursday, November 7th 4pm-7pm at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market allows you to dump your old electronics. If you don't have time to wipe your hard drive yourself, the company, Synergy will be providing that service.

 The 2WTK FREE e-cycling event on Thursday, November 7th 4pm-7pm at the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market allows you to dump your old electronics. If you don't have time to wipe your hard drive yourself, the company, Synergy will be providing that service.

Where to take old computers/laptops (minus the hard drive):
Goodwill
Intrex Computers: They have 7 locations in NC. Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, 2 in Greensboro, and Winston Salem.

Kent Meeker runs his own computer business. You can ask him questions or get in touch with him by email. Kent@Tech-Scout.com

 

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