[CentOS] help fdisk and dd

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 4 19:36:13 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.

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