Should I destroy hard drive before recycling? Before donating or recycling your computer, you need to completely wipe or remove the hard drives. By doing so, you will ensure that the data on the hard drives will be completely erased and untraceable by data thieves.
How do I dispose of a destroyed hard drive?
Methods to physically destroy a drive include:
- Hitting it with a sledgehammer.
- Crushing it with massive weight.
- Drilling holes through it.
- Burning it.
Can you destroy a hard drive by destroying? You should never burn a hard drive (it has a lot of toxic chemicals) or use chemicals on it that can release toxic fumes. The best bet for DIY hard drive destruction is to drill through the platters, perhaps pounding in some nails to help make sure it’s good and destroyed.
How much does it cost to get hard drive destroyed? On average, hard drive shredding costs anywhere from $7–20 per drive. As quantity goes up, the price per drive will go down.