Put it in a shoe box, mix up some concrete and do a Han Solo on it?
Initial investigation shows a 3 year warranty. When did you buy?
Ravey Gravey Davy wrote:Initial investigation shows a 3 year warranty. When did you buy?
Good question rgd - was part of the "10 year anniversary plan". That was May 2010 - but can't help but think I bought the NAS in 2011 - now I'll have to go and find some paperwork...
Scene, I managed to open the case of my drive, and just used an angle grinder across both surfaces before binning it all. I'd have thought that coarse sandpaper, or a file or any method of scoring the surface would prevent anyone reading it? I guess that the hammer would open the case, but a hacksaw might be better?
Assuming the disk will actually spin up, download a copy of Hiron's Boot CD, burn the ISO to a blank CD (or use a piece of software called Rufus to make a bootable USB stick). Boot from this, run DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke) from HBCD.
On a drive less than about 10 years old (which will use perpendicular rather than linear recording) you only need to do one pass. Older drives that used linear recording would probably need up to 7 passes to completely obliterate any residual data caused by the drive heads mis-tracking, but this is no longer an issue. (Basically if your disk was made post-2003 and has a capacity over about 80GB it's probably perpendicular recording.)
This will securely destroy any data on the disk without physically damaging it. If the disk is knackered then you can safely send it for recycling without worrying about someone retrieving your, *ahem* "personal" data from it.