How To Destroy Laptop Hard Drive?

Can you destroy a hard drive by putting it in water?

The simple answer is no.

Water might cause a short circuit in the electronics of the hard drive, but it won’t erase the data from the platters.

Water is easily wiped from the hard drive, leaving the information discoverable.27 Nov 2017

Can you erase a hard drive with a magnet?

Yes, a magnet can destroy the hard drive inside a PC, but you need a much stronger magnet than the type found attached to a refrigerator magnet. This won’t just erase the hard drive, it will wreak it, along with the CD/DVD drive and any fans.28 Nov 2012

How do I permanently delete hard drive data?

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How do I get rid of an old laptop?

We’ve outlined the steps we recommend you take below.

  • Delete and overwrite sensitive files.
  • Turn on drive encryption.
  • Deauthorize your computer.
  • Delete your browsing history.
  • Uninstall your programs.
  • Consult your employer about data disposal policies.
  • Wipe your hard drive.
  • Or physically damage your hard drive.

28 Jan 2020