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Naveen Goud Feb 26, 2013, 03:47pm EST Report Abuse
Hi all,

I have a desktop hard drive which is not in use from the past one year. I want to sell the hard drive, but after destroying the data on it. Is there any way to do the data removal, without the need to connect it to the PC?

I want to give it to the recycling services, but afraid that they might misuse the data on it. I tried to delete all the data by reformatting the disk. But the disk is not working, when I am connecting it as a secondary hard drive through jumper settings. I also tried with USB to SATA cable. But the power cord is powering the hard drive. But it is not being recognized by the guest system.

So, if I sell the hard drive, Is there a chance to access the data from the drive in any other way?......please help and thanks in advance!




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Joshua Marius, LeThe Mar 10, 2013, 08:25pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: How to destroy data from old desktop hard drive without connecting to PC

If the Drive is powering up but not being recognized then this is a clear indication of something not working. This usually happens when there is something wrong with the PCB board, also known as the controller card. There are applications such as KillDisk and Darik's Boot And Nuke that will help you completely wipe the drive, using special Algorithms that will make it very difficult to recover data.

If you cannot get it to be recognized properly and are very picky about the data on it, take a hammer to it, even better take the drive apart and take a hammer directly to the platter. Remove the magnets as you can have a lot of fun with them ;)

Joshua Marius
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