[CentOS] help fdisk and dd

John Stan jses27 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 16 05:49:01 UTC 2010

On 3/15/10, Scott Silva <ssilva at sgvwater.com> wrote:
> on 3-5-2010 3:03 PM JohnS spake the following:
>> On Fri, 2010-03-05 at 22:33 +0000, David G.Miller wrote:
>>> <m.roth at ...> writes:
>>>>> m.roth at ... 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"
>>> Over the years I've ended up with a pile of old hard drives.  Some are
>>> unreliable; some won't even spin up and some are just REALLY old (e.g.,
>>> 100s
>>> of MB size).  I also inherited a couple of rifles (M-1 Garand and M-1
>>> Carbine). I'm thinking write /dev/urandom to ones that will spin but then
>>> take the whole lot out in the country for some target practice.  It may
>>> be
>>> possible to scape a little data off of what's left after the drive gets
>>> hit
>>> with a round from the Garand but I doubt if anyone will want to go to the
>>> trouble.  It could also be fun.
>> ----
>> Since most are about 5" x 3-1/2" that makes a perfect MOA target at 1000
>> yards with 165gr  308.  It just goes into pieces of dust.
>> John
> Gonna be hard to SEE a hard drive with the Garand's iron sights at 1000 yds,
> much less HIT one.

Yeap, to bad it has Open Sights on it.  That's a bummer.


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