Re: Killing a hard drive?
Ok, I just talked to my dad the P.C. whiz. He said any physical damage is not advisable due to evidence left behind. According to him you need a program to wipe out the hard drive (but some people maybe able to recover the hard drive data). He said the best way to destroy it so that noone will be able to read the data is to, 1:remove hard drive 2: power hard drive directly with reveresed polarity from external power source like a car battery 3: reinstall hard drive. This way there is no real physical damage and no one will be able to read the data using corruption retreival software. Be carefull not to use too much power so the drive doesn't melt or blow up(he said it not me). The hard drive runs on 12v to give you an idea of how much power to use, i'm not sure since i've never done this, but I think 20v sould be sufficient without smoking the wires.
p.s. DISCLAIMER, I'VE NEVER DONE THIS SO I'M NOT PROMISING RESULTS.