[CentOS] help fdisk and dd

m.roth at 5-cent.us m.roth at 5-cent.us
Thu Mar 4 20:20:02 UTC 2010


> m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>>> I wrote
>>>
>>> [...]
>>>
>>>> Alternatively, the answer on another techie mailing list I'm on is
>>>> that
>>>> you could disassemble the disks and use thermite.
>>> Just a hammer, no need to disassemble the case.
>>>
>> I dunno, a buddy who was in army intel back in the early eighties told
>> me, about 10 years ago, that they could flatten out the platters and read
>> some data. Thermite not only melts the platters, but will hit the Curie
>> point.
>>
>>       mark "and make nice flames and melting metal"
>
> I belive modern discs are brittle, and will shatter, not bend.
> Thermite would certainly do the trick. Might get you in trouble
> with local hazard control laws, though. It might melt concrete,
> so don't do it on your driveway.

Bucket full o' sand - that's what they used the last day of my 11th grade
chem class, lo, these many years ago. <g>

          mark



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