How Can You Destroy a Hard Drive?


Quick Answer

The best way to destroy a hard drive is to magnetically degauss it first. If a hard drive is passed through a very strong magnetic field, the data on it will be permanently destroyed. The platters that spin the drive should then be physically destroyed.

Continue Reading
How Can You Destroy a Hard Drive?
Credit: Andrew Paterson Photographer's Choice Getty Images

Full Answer

The hard drive can be physically destroyed by pulling apart the platters. Open the hard drive using whatever tools are available. The platters must then be scrubbed by using sandpaper. Next, break the hard drive into bits by using brute force. Dismantling the hard drive and making it completely useless is a time-consuming method but it works best.

Learn more about Digital Storage
Related Videos

Related Questions