Advice to dispose of hard drives with hammer questioned


Advice to dispose of hard drives with hammer questioned

Microscope contributor

The advice to consumers to destroy old computers with the aid of a hammer has been met with scepticism by some in the data disposal industry.

The suggestion made in the latest issue of Which? Computing concluded that the most effective way of making sure that data on old machines didn’t turn up elsewhere was to take a hammer to the hard drive.

“The sure-fire way of getting rid of your hard drive is smashing it with a hammer,” stated the magazine.

But Kevin Moreau, general manager at Acronis, pointed out that not only would the hammer method potentially injure the user but it would also have no guarantee of success.

“There are companies that specialise in retrieving information off broken disc drives. The best solution is to use software that can make sure the hard drive is cleansed of data,” he said.

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