Cleaning Data from Old Hard Drives

I agree with the author of this G+ post that the easiest, most foolproof (and therefore best) method of destroying the data on a hard disk is to destroy the disk itself. Anyone in doubt should just destroy the drive.

Failure to destroy the data on a hard drive can result in profoundly embarrassing or costly consequences, as noted in these two items:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Print/2007/08/30/governors_data_sold_on_ebay/
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2540685/enterprise-applications/hard-drive-containing-ark–democratic-party-data-sold-on-ebay.html

Strictly speaking, it’s not necessary to destroy a drive to remove sensitive user data. Those interested in the technical factors behind this can read this article and the linked source material:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutmann_method

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