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Disposing of old disk from NAS

So I've just replaced one of the disks in my NAS - as it was failing to pass a SMART test.

Question is - what do I do with the old disk - it's got lots of stuff on it that's personal (pictures, documents, etc.) and copyrighted (CD rips, etc) - so can't just recycle it. Any recommendations - loath to use a sledgehammer on it...

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I would think your personal privacy outweighs any benefit of recycling. Maybe the electronics could be recycled but there is surely little value in the actual discs beyond metal recycling. Get yr sledgehammer out BUT remember health & safety and wear full protective clothing inc., goggles, gloves & body suit. Please be aware of pets & children.

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RobinKidderminster wrote:
I would think your personal privacy outweighs any benefit of recycling. Maybe the electronics could be recycled but there is surely little value in the actual discs beyond metal recycling. Get yr sledgehammer out BUT remember health & safety and wear full protective clothing inc., goggles, gloves & body suit. Please be aware of pets & children.

ROFL

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Why don't you take the disc out, it's like a CD and the rest send to metal recycling. Thats what i'll do... 

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RobinKidderminster wrote:
I would think your personal privacy outweighs any benefit of recycling. Maybe the electronics could be recycled but there is surely little value in the actual discs beyond metal recycling. Get yr sledgehammer out BUT remember health & safety and wear full protective clothing inc., goggles, gloves & body suit. Please be aware of pets & children.

Tempted as I am occasionally to use a sledgehammer on my children, I have resisted so far... :mad:

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Hi-FiOutlaw wrote:

Why don't you take the disc out, it's like a CD and the rest send to metal recycling. Thats what i'll do... 

Yes - I did wonder about doing this. Might have to be the approach I take as well...

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A Very large magnet followed by a Sledgehammer was what we used to do at work a few years back, you want to be sure and totally knackering the disk is as good a way as any.

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It can't be that big - why not just store it somewhere?

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Question is - what do I do with the old disk - it's got lots of stuff on it that's personal (pictures, documents, etc.) and copyrighted (CD rips, etc) - so can't just recycle it. Any recommendations - loath to use a sledgehammer on it...

Put the word out that it's got some stuff on it Edward Snowden sent you – I'm sure you'll find some nice chaps will pop round and dispose of it for you  ROFL

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scene wrote:
Question is - what do I do with the old disk - it's got lots of stuff on it that's personal (pictures, documents, etc.) and copyrighted (CD rips, etc) - so can't just recycle it. Any recommendations - loath to use a sledgehammer on it...

Put the word out that it's got some stuff on it Edward Snowden sent you – I'm sure you'll find some nice chaps will pop round and dispose of it for you  ROFL

... and strangely there were no more posts from scene after this ... :eek:

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Juzzie Wuzzie wrote:

It can't be that big - why not just store it somewhere?

That was my old default - just I don't really want my house become the Dunspinning Twilight Retirement Home for old disks...

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The_Lhc wrote:

A Very large magnet followed by a Sledgehammer was what we used to do at work a few years back, you want to be sure and totally knackering the disk is as good a way as any.

So:

1. Remove physical disk from enclosure

2. Use large electromagnet on physical disk (note to self: see if MRI scanner nearby, otherwise arrange trip to CERN...)

3. Buy a Blendtec blender and post amusing video of disk blending...

Send scrap to recycling.

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If it is the original netgear one, are you sure it is out of warranty? I got mine replaced FOC a couple of months ago by Netgear UK.

I suspect you got yours around the same time as me.

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If it is the original netgear one, are you sure it is out of warranty? I got mine replaced FOC a couple of months ago by Netgear UK.

I suspect you got yours around the same time as me.

It's the "free" extra one they gave out under the offer to get a second disk - so I have no idea what sort of warranty it's under...

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Put the hammer to one side while I check out my paperwork later .(My free one was replaced within 4 weeks of getting it.)

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scene wrote:

So I've just replaced one of the disks in my NAS - as it was failing to pass a SMART test.

Question is - what do I do with the old disk - it's got lots of stuff on it that's personal (pictures, documents, etc.) and copyrighted (CD rips, etc) - so can't just recycle it. Any recommendations - loath to use a sledgehammer on it...

 

Just run dban or something on it then you can sell it/pass it on to a friend.

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