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what to do with it?

 9:17 pm on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

We just sent a new server to our co-lo company (we're in the U.S., co-lo in Canada). We're trying to figure out what to do with the old one. Originally, we had planned to ship it back and maybe put it to use here (although I already have a few extra boxes lying around).

But looking at shipping expenses these days, it just doesn't make any sense to do that. So we're probably just going to let the co-lo company dispose of it after they wipe the drives.

It's certainly not cutting edge- 5-year old Compaq tower, 1.256G RAM, 18G + 27G SCSI hard drives, tape backup & tapes. But it works.

If there is anyone in the Vancouver area that wants to go pick it up, let me know. You can have it for free.



 10:53 am on Sep 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

If there's any sensitive data on the disks, consider having them them shipped to you so that you can ensure they have been wiped properly.



 12:03 am on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

they have been wiped properly.

My best friend works at the US DOD Computer Crime Lab. The only way to guarantee data on a drive is inaccessible is to cause physical damage. Take a half inch drill bit and drill through the platters. No recovering from that.


 1:14 am on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

Drill works... but sand blasting is best. Make those platters SHINE! That said, the rest of the computer is a still working machine, but might render more for heavy metals. :)


 4:36 pm on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

I asked about just using a thermite grenade [video.google.com] on it. But they said something about pesky Canadian safety regulations...

We had some of those when I was working as a DoD contractor. Unlike other contingency protocols that we had to test all the time, we never got to test those to verify they worked. :(


 5:27 pm on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

A well-known formula-one team used to simply smash their old drives with a large hammer (and may still do so). If that's good enough for them, it should be good enough for the rest of us.


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