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9:17 pm on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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.

Kaled.

12:03 am on Oct 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Kaled.