Member Since: May 20, 2008
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5
04-20-2012, 01:41 PM
Originally Posted by Marrk
...I gather that there is no completely effective way to erase a hard drive and, therefore, no completely safe way to dispose of one, short of destroying it.
There are definitely ways to effectively & securely erase a hard drive.
The problems we're facing in this instance is we are dealing with an almost 20 year-old computer...which requires very old software...which may or may not still be obtainable.
Like I already mentioned in two previous posts:
1. This computer is only worth about $10-$15 bucks...so you shouldn't get all bent out of shape over the ability or inability to erase the HD (from a financial standpoint). You're not losing much $$$ if you don't want to sell this computer due to not being able to easily & securely erase the HD.
2. Remove the HD from the computer...and smash it with a sledgehammer.
3. You could simply fill the HD with a bunch of "garbage" data (fill the HD with unimportant info). This will overwrite anything currently on the HD.
4. Pass the HD near a very very strong magnet to erase (or jumble up) all data.
It's very possible that the program (Norton Utilities 2.0) "aftermac" suggested will be able to securely erase all data.
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